On May 28, Rep. Rehberg made the following statement: "Today we pay our respects to fallen Americans, and to their families, for a debt that we can never fully repay, but that we can and must honor. We can honor our fallen soldiers by genuinely caring for their brothers and sisters with whom they served. Keeping our promises to our service men and women must be a priority."
Three days later, with over 300,000 Afghanistan and Iraq veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, Rehberg voted against a motion (House Vote 304) that would use $28 million in unallocated funds to help fund PTSD, TBI and prosthetics research.
Rehberg felt his pledge to Grover Norquist, a person who, to the best of my knowledge, never wore a uniform, was more important that keeping his promise to veterans.
I feel saddened and betrayed that anybody would so quickly turn their back on our fighting men and women. They didn't ask questions when we sent them to foreign lands to fight our battles and we shouldn't ask questions when they need help readjusting to life back home. If Rehberg thinks $28 million to help war veterans recover from their injuries is too costly, then perhaps he shouldn't have voted to send them there in the first place.
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Editor's note: Rehberg voted for final approval of the VA appropriations bill (HR5854) after he and other Republicans voted against the research spending amendment.