Prominent Veterans Endorse Hillary Clinton

Hillary Hosts Veterans Event In Iowa With General Eaton, Campaign Launches New Veterans Web Video

The Clinton campaign today announced the addition of 36 new national co-chairs to its Veterans and Military Retirees for Hillary Committee. Newly endorsing members of the committee include Lt. General Joseph Ballard, Lt. General Robert Gard , Lt. General Don Kerrick, Major General Paul Eaton, and Major General Robert Scales. They join m ore that 1,200 veterans and military retirees have joined Senator Clinton’s national and state veterans’ steering committees. Hillary Clinton made the announcement at an event honoring veterans in Waterloo, Iowa, where she was accompanied by Major General Eaton. The campaign also unveiled a new video featuring a cross-generation of veterans discussing their support of Hillary Clinton for President.

"We pause today to honor all of the brave men and women who have honored us by wearing our nation's uniform,” said Clinton in Waterloo. “Through their service and sacrifice, our veterans defended our country, our freedom, and our values. We could never adequately repay the debt that is owed. But what we can do and must do is ensure that veterans receive the benefits they have earned through their service and continue strengthening the country they fought for and love."

Hillary Clinton built on her long history of fighting for our veterans and announced new policies to ensure our country fulfills its obligations to those who have served and sacrificed for the nation. She announced that, as President, she will enact a GI Bill of Rights for the 21st century that will offer service members, veterans and their families with expanded education, housing and entrepreneurial benefits. In addition, as President, Hillary will ensure that all of the 1.8 million uninsured veterans in this country has access to quality, affordable health care and will establish a pilot program on homelessness prevention for veterans. The program will provide subsidies, eviction prevention, and one-time assistance for veterans who fall behind on their rent.

“I’m standing with Hillary Clinton today, because she has stood with us,” said Major General Eaton, who served in the army for 33 years, most recently serving in Iraq. “No one in this race has the strength and expertise on military and veterans’ issues that Hillary Clinton possesses.”

The campaign also released a new minute video on its Web site of veterans and family members of veterans who support Clinton. “I served my country for almost nine years now, and I plan on doing so, you know, for as long as I can in the future,” said Rose Forrest, an Iraq War veteran. “That being said like any good soldier, you know, I train for war, but I pray for peace. And I think Hillary Clinton will bring us peace.” The video can be viewed at: .

When Hillary Clinton is president, she will end the war in Iraq. Her three-step plan would bring our troops home, work to bring stability to the region, and replace military force with a new diplomatic initiative to engage countries around the world in securing Iraq's future. Hillary has also been fighting in the Senate to force a course change. Clinton has visited our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan three times. In January 2007, she visited Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, stopping in Germany to visit with wounded service members at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. She also spent time with our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan in early 2005 and over Thanksgiving weekend in November 2003.

“Our next President will inherit the most difficult and challenging national security agenda in our nation’s history. We need a President and Commander in Chief who will restore America’s greatness, protect America by combining diplomacy and all elements of national power, provide strong leadership and make decisions based on evidence instead of ideology,” said Lt. General Kerrick. “I know Hillary Clinton and her understanding of diplomacy and force will ensure that our wonderful military remains the best in the world and when deployed will be assigned winnable missions, will be adequately resourced, and will be supported with all elements of our national power.”

Clinton has also been an outspoken critic of the current administration’s handling of the conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. In March, Clinton visited the Center to see the conditions firsthand. During her visit, she visited wounded soldiers at the hospital and met with New York service members to hear their concerns. She then called on the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to commission a comprehensive review of the quality of care being received by wounded veterans, both past and present, at VA facilities around the country. She also asked for a review of the VA's process of evaluating wounded veterans for disability benefits.

“I strongly support Senator Clinton because I believe that she is the right person for the job - at the right time. She understands the military, both in its internal dynamics and as an instrument of policy,” said Lt. General Ballard. “I believe that she will bring the right degree of concern for our all of Service members and their families. Her determination, fairness and toughness as the next Commander in Chief will enable her to make the hard but necessary decisions that will positively impact not only our military but our national security.”

“I’m honored to have the support of these distinguished veterans,” said Clinton. “With their help, we will finally bring an end to the war in Iraq, rebuild America’s role in the world, and deliver on the promises made to the men and women who have served our country.”

Clinton has a long history of working on issues important to active duty and retired military personnel. As First Lady, she helped call attention to Gulf War Syndrome. As a Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Hillary has championed legislation to improve the lives of our veterans and their families. She worked to provide access to TRICARE for National Guard and Reserve members. She authored the Heroes at Home Act that will begin to help service members struggling with post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. She worked with others in the Senate to pass legislation to increase the military survivor benefit from $12,000 to $100,000. She represents bases such as Fort Drum, home of the 10th Mountain Division, West Point, Watervliet Arsenal, Fort Hamilton, the Rome Air Force Research Laboratory, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station and four other Air National Guard bases. She is also the only Senator to serve on the Joint Forces Command Transformation Advisory Group.

New National Co-Chairs are:

General Wesley Clark, Ret.

Four Star General

Supreme Allied Commander, NATO


Lt. General Joseph Ballard, Ret.

Three Star General

Chief of Engineers and Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Lt. General Robert Gard, Ret.

Three Star General

President Emeritus of the Monterey Institute for International Studies.


Lt. General Donald Kerrick, Ret.

Three Star General

Deputy National Security Advisor

Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff


Lt. General Frederick Vollrath, Ret.

Three Star General

Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, Headquarters Department of the Army


Major General Roger Blunt, Ret.

Two Star General

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Last Command: 97th Army Reserve Command (ARCOM), Ft. Meade

Chairman, President, & CEO of Blunt Enterprises, LLC


Major General Edward L. Correa Jr., Ret.

Two Star General

Adjutant General of Hawaii


Major General Paul Eaton, Ret.

Two Star General

Office of Security Cooperation in Iraq, Commanding General


Rear Admiral Connie Mariano, MD, Ret.

Two Star Rear Admiral

Navy White House Physician for three Presidents


Major General Paul D. Monroe, Jr., Ret .

Two Star General

Adjutant General California National Guard


Major General Robert Scales, Ret.

Two Star General

President and CEO of Walden University

Commandant of the United States Army War College


Rear Admiral Alan Steinman, M.D., Ret.

Two Star Coast Guard Admiral

Past Director of Health and Safety of the Coast Guard


Rear Admiral David Stone, Ret.

Two Star Rear Admiral

Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for the Transportation Security Administration President & CEO, Alacrity Homeland Group


Brigadier General Michael Dunn, Ret.

One Star General

Clinical leader of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Interoperability Project. Commanded the Walter Reed Health Care System in Washington, DC


Brigadier General Belisario Flores, Ret.

Assistant Adjutant General, Texas Air National Guard


Brigadier General Evelyn “Pat” Foote, Ret.

One Star General


Brigadier General Keith H. Kerr, Ret.

One Star General

Commanding General, Northern Area Command, California National Guard


Brigadier General Virgil Richard, Ret.

One Star General

Recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal


Brigadier General Preston Taylor, Ret.

One Star General

Assistant Secretary for Veterans Employment and Training


Brigadier General Dr. Jack Yeager, Ret.

One Star General

Assistant Adjutant General of West Virginia


Honorable Anthony Brown

Veteran, Maryland Lt. Governor

Past member of the Maryland House of Delegates

Served with distinction in Baghdad, Fallujah, Kirkuk and Basra, Iraq.


Honorable Harold Naughton

Massachusetts State House Representative

Veteran , US Army Reserves, JAG, 8 months in Multinational Force Iraq


Honorable Steven Hobbs

Washington State Senator

Veteran, Tours of duty in Iraq and Kosovo with the US Army and Army National Guard


Mr. Roscoe Brown

Veteran, Tuskegee Airman, WWII


Honorable Louis Caldera

Veteran, Secretary of the Army

President of University of New Mexico


Honorable Edward Chow, Jr.

Veteran, Past Vice President of Vietnam Veterans of America

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S. Veterans Administration


Honorable Jimmy Dean

Veteran, Past National Commander of the American Legion


Honorable Ron Dellums

Mayor of Oakland, CA

Former Chair of the House Armed Services Committee


Honorable Herschel Gober

Veteran, Acting Secretary & Deputy Secretary, Veterans Affairs


Honorable Steven Honigman

Veteran, Navy Retired, Former Naval General Counsel (Iraq)


Mr. Thomas Keefe

Veteran, President of The Keefe Group

Nationally known Veterans Advocate


Honorable Robert Jones

Veteran, Deputy Secretary of Defense for POW/MIA Affairs


Mr. Maceo May

Board member, Swords to Ploughshares *For identification purposes only


Honorable Robert Perreault

Director, Medical Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs


Joseph "Jake" Simmons IV

Veteran, Commander, White House Communications Agency


Honorable Todd Weiler

Veteran, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs

They Join Current National Co-Chairs:


U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye

Veteran, World War II Combat Veteran, Recipient: Medal of Honor


U.S. Congressman Charlie Rangel

Veteran , US Army, 1948-52


U.S. Congressman Joe Sestak

Veteran, Retired US Navy Admiral

Commanded Aircraft Carrier Battle Group, Afghanistan


U.S. Congressman Ed Towns

Veteran , US Army, 1956-58


U.S. Congressman Jose Serrano

Veteran , US Army, 1964-66


U.S. Congressman Maurice Hinchey

Veteran , US Navy 1956-59


Honorable Togo West

Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Secretary of the Army

North Carolina Native


Lt. General Claudia Kennedy, Ret.

Three Star General

First Woman in the U.S. Army to Hold a Three Star Rank

Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence


General George Buskirk, Ret.

Adjutant General, Indiana Army and Air National Guard


Honorable Eleanor Glynn Kjellman

New Hampshire State House Representative

Veteran , US Air Force Officer

Son served in Iraq


Mr. Joe Wynn

Veteran , US Air Force, Viet Nam

Leader of the National Association of Black Veterans

President, Vets Group


Mr. Bill White

President, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund

Nationally Known Veterans Advocate