Sen. Donnelly supports Veterans History Project
Hoosiers have a long and proud history of serving our nation in times of war, and it is vitally important that we learn from the experiences of veterans. That is why I am proud to support the Veterans History Project through the Library of Congress.
This is a wonderful opportunity for family members of veterans, fellow veterans, or young people to interview a veteran of World War II, the Korean, Vietnam or Persian Gulf wars, or the most recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
These histories are compiled through audio or video-recorded interviews, in addition to gathering original correspondence, photographs, and diaries. I have interviewed several Indiana veterans for this project in the past, so I can attest that it is a very rewarding experience to hear firsthand the tales of bravery and challenges faced while serving our country.
I encourage all Hoosier veterans to share their stories for this important archive. For more information on how to submit your story or to learn about how to interview a veteran in your community, visit http://www.loc.gov/vets or call my office at 317-226-5555.
It is an honor to serve the thousands of veterans and all Hoosiers in the U.S. Senate.
— Sen. Joe Donnelly, Indiana
Political madness has to stop
Government is its own special interest — and it’s got to stop.
President Obama shutters the White House to the public, puts border patrol agents on unpaid leave and deprives our servicemen of tuition assistance, claiming a 2 percent cut in spending leaves him no choice. At the same time, he takes lavish vacations and gives millions of dollars in foreign aid to hostile governments like Egypt and Pakistan.
Both political parties agreed on the 2 percent sequester cuts over a year ago and both sides had enough time to figure out how to make those cuts as painless as possible. Instead, they squandered their time just like they’ve wasted our money, and now have the audacity to tell our soldiers they can’t go to college.
Next, they add injury to insult by continuing to fund Obamacare, a law that has never had the support of Americans. It’s unacceptable to furlough border patrol agents while funding government intrusion into our health care. Congress should refuse to fund any part of Obamacare going forward.
The Senate has failed to pass a budget for over four years now; instead they pass continuing resolutions that resemble giant payday loans. Another continuing resolution is coming up soon and Harry Reid’s Democratic Senate wants to end the sequester cuts. It’s important that America demand to keep the sequester, because political scare-tactics and bullying shouldn’t win the day.
Most politicians in Washington, D.C., don’t want the party to stop. Vote after vote, they show us whose side they are on. If they won’t follow their own solution to overspending, we’ll know what team they play for — theirs.
— Teresa J. Ballew, Clarksville