Obama, Romney debate Wednesday likely to include veterans’ issues
Domestic issues will be the focus of Wednesday night’s presidential debate at the University of Denver, including the concerns of the nation’s estimated 20 million veterans.
Veterans face an increasing backlog in service claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs, 6.6 percent unemployment and a suicide rate of 18 deaths per day. According to a report from the VA inspector general in April, only 49 percent of veterans seeking mental evaluations received treatment within the recommended 14 days. The average wait time was 50 days.
A Gallup poll in May showed veterans supporting Republican Mitt Romney over President Obama 58 percent to 34 percent. This is the first time in 80 years that none of the candidates on the major-party tickets has a record of military service.