We are the Military Family.
Blue Star Families for Obama (BSF4O) started as a grassroots movement by Army and Marine Corps spouses, and it has expanded to include all active duty military family members who support Barack Obama for President. Michelle Obama announced the formation of Blue Star Families for Obama on August 6, 2008.
Barack and Michelle Obama, along with Joe and Jill Biden, have actually listened to both our frustrations and cheers. Michelle Obama has held roundtable discussions with many military families, and she has adopted our cause as a primary focus area in the campaign. In just two short months, BSF4O has generated chapters in 24 states, helped to host a care package service event at the DNC in Denver with Michelle Obama, attended dozens of rallies and roundtable discussions about military family issues, and hosted house parties across the country.
Keep in mind, we admire McCain’s service to our country, but we cannot support his vision for our future in large part because of his continued refusal to provide real support to our troops, veterans, and the military community.
Check out The Master List by Brandon Friedman, an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran and Vice Chairman of VoteVets.org. This list is a thorough, detailed compilation of all the ways that McCain has left behind his brothers and sisters in arms.
By repeating his status as a Vietnam veteran and former POW, John McCain indirectly uses all of our military members and veterans as job references to bolster his candidacy. It’s a smart move because a recent Gallup poll shows that 71% of Americans have confidence in our military. Conversely, only 12% of Americans have confidence in Congress. McCain is part of both the military and Congress, and one of his more effective campaign strategies has been to distance himself from the Republican party and his status as 26-year veteran of the Senate – a much longer tenure as a Senator than he was as a military officer.
But McCain doesn’t speak for my military family and many other military families, and his suggestions and statements otherwise are misleading at best. We in BSF4O have understood intuitively that the civilian communities around us look to our military status and devotion to our country as a bellwether for picking a good Commander in Chief. Active duty servicemembers are prohibited from being openly politically active, but our military families are a strong vocal surrogate for what’s going on inside the ranks. Things don’t look so good after 8 years of the Bush administration, so we’re speaking out. EIGHT IS ENOUGH!
Our choice to support Obama is not only based on McCain’s lack of real support for our military community, but it is also based on Obama’s demonstrated commitment to serve us who so proudly serve the country.
When Obama joined the Senate, he signed up for the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs. He co-sponsored the GI Bill for the 21st Century, which includes transferability to a spouse or child. Obama voted for the Lane Evans Veterans Health and Benefits Improvement Act, extending Tricare benefits and reimbursements, saving them from scheduled cuts that were tied to Medicare decreases. Obama also sponsored the Veterans Suicide Study Act, and he will work to improve mental health care at every stage of military service. He is also a sponsor of the Veterans Homelessness Prevention Act, which would authorize a pilot program within the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development to prevent at-risk veterans and veteran families from falling into homelessness. These and many other actions demonstrate his real support in addition to his comprehensive plan for our troops, military families, and veterans.
Obama has our vote of confidence to be our next President and Commander in Chief. We invite you to join us if you have a loved one currently serving on active duty in any branch of our military and show your support as part of the Blue Star Families for Obama.