Op-Ed: Eric Schmitt Will Put Our Military and Veterans First

Earlier this month, President Joe Biden delivered one of the most partisan speeches in our nation’s history, where he criticized “MAGA Republicans” and asserted that “equality and democracy are under assault. As he gave his speech attacking fellow Americans and promoting his own political party, Biden stationed two members of the United States Marine Corps right behind him.

Rightfully so, many veterans groups and national leaders immediately criticized Biden for his blatant political use of the military. Concerned Veterans for America deputy director and U.S. Marine Corps veteran John Byrnes blasted Biden, noting Biden’s actions “undermine[d] the nonpartisan nature of our military and erodes trust in the institution.” Even CNN anchors called outBiden for not keeping the military apolitical.

Sadly, this is not the first time that Biden and his administration have used the military to further their overarching political agenda.

In 2021, the Biden administration mandated COVID-19 vaccination for the military. This mandate was not based on military preparedness, but instead to further the Administration’s political goals. Recently, a federal judge chastised the Biden administration for failing to grant nearly any exemptions for religion exemptions.

In 2022, the Biden administration forced a division of the Pacific Air Forces to stop using gender pronouns. Instead of making sure the troops that will be essential in confronting China were supported, Biden thrusted his radical social agenda onto them.

If we continue to send leaders to Congress who put their own agendas ahead of the needs of our troops, our uniformed forces will suffer. Already, we see the impact of Biden’s political action in grim recruiting numbers.

Thankfully, our Attorney General Eric Schmitt realizes that we should be going above and beyond to support those men and women who wore the uniform. For example, Biden refused to grant any religious exemptions for the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. In response, Schmitt recently worked with 21 states to oppose Biden’s vaccine mandate for military personnel. Schmitt understands that when men and women in uniform defend our freedom, our politicians have a moral imperative to protect our troop’s religious liberties.

Schmitt has proven that he will serve those who served in uniform. He has a record of helping veterans and children in military families further their education. He assisted veterans and current military members with getting access to healthcare, especially treatments for substance abuse. Finally, he has worked to help advance veteran-owned small businesses.

Schmitt will be a champion for the men and women serving and those who have served. In the United States Senate, Schmitt will put our troops currently in uniform and veterans first.

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