From VoteVets' press release this morning on their new TV spot in Colorado Springs:
A veterans’ group with over 360,000 supporters, VoteVets Action Fund, is launching an ad today hailing State Senator John Morse’s work for veterans and the community, and urging viewers to say “NO” to the recall against him. The ad will begin today on area broadcast television and run for eight days, at 500 target rating points and a cost of $56,000…
The ad features Holly Flores, a Colorado Springs resident and Army veteran, who is married to an Army Iraq War Veteran. She chose to send her children to school in Senator Morse’s district.
In the ad, Flores talks to the audience, intercut with pictures of her and her husband’s time in the Army, and footage of Senator Morse.
She says, “In this area everyone welcomes veterans with open arms. I served in the United States Army for eight and a half years, and my husband is an Iraq War Veteran. Being in the military, you know how important it is to have the right leader at the right time. And John Morse is that leader. John Morse has stood up for veteran’s issues, education, public safety and he is a man of his word. He is fighting for us every day. I am proud to stand up for John Morse because he stood up for veterans and he stood up for our community.”
Text then reads, “Say NO to the recall.”
Additional material on Senate President John Morse's record on veterans from VoteVets' release after the jump.
Senator Morse has led on a number of issues for veterans, in his time as a legislator, consistently supporting bills to help the community. And, as referenced in the ad, he sponsored two key pieces of legislation to help military families and veterans:
“The bill creates the Mental Health Services Pilot Program for Families of Recently Discharged Veterans. The 3-year pilot program is to provide mental health treatment and education to families of veterans who would otherwise be unable to receive such services, and is limited to the Colorado Springs area. Participating families pay a monthly fee of up to $20 to the community mental health center, and the Department of Human Services (DHS) pays for a full range of mental health services. Participating community mental health centers are to provide mental health education services including creating and maintaining a website with information on post-traumatic stress disorder.” [Fiscal Note, 6/11/07]
During the 2008 session, HB 08-1180 was signed into law to extend unemployment insurance (UI) benefits to spouses of military personnel who are transferred as part of their military responsibilities. This bill further extends UI benefits to the surviving working spouses of military personnel who live in Colorado, have a spouse who is stationed in Colorado and is killed in combat operations, and who relocates to a new place of residence from which it is impractical to commute to the same job. [Colorado.gov]