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Veteran not happy with Rep. Elise Stefanik

October 27, 2016
Lake Placid News

To the editor:

Veteran voters in the 21st Congressional district should know that Elisa Stefanik's advertisements are not totally truthful.

When Ms. Stefanik's campaign ads say she has answered 39,000 letters and responded to over 4,000 phone calls, I believe this to be a prevarication of the truth. As a disabled veteran, I have written Ms. Stefanik 40 times and I have called her office an equal amount of times with respect to the Veterans Access to Community Care Act of 2015, and I have never received an answer to my letters or my phone calls.

The aforementioned act has a flaw which prevents veterans from using community care vs. the VA Health Care system, if the veteran lives within 40 miles of any VA facility, even if that VA facility cannot perform the medical service necessary for the veteran. The Senate passed their correction to this flaw on May 22, 2015, but the House has not passed its correction to this flaw under H.R. 572 which was introduced in the House on Jan. 27, 2015.

My aforementioned letters and calls to Ms. Stefanik on H.R. 572 have gone unanswered, because I believe she does not really care about veterans, even though her campaign ads alleges she has helped veterans.

As a concern veteran, I care about the up coming Nov. 8, 21st Congressional District election and which of the three follow candidates should fill that seat:

1. Matt Funiciello: Green Party Candidate

2. Mike Derrick: Democratic Party Candidate

3. Elisa Stefanik: Republican Party Candidate

I want a representative who will talk to me and help me when I have a VA issue. The Democratic and Republican two party system has failed all Americans. I believe America needs a third party to help correct the mess in Washington that the two party system has created. I do not trust our current representative or any former military officer, because I do not believe they care about veterans they only claim they do. That leaves Matt Funiciello, who I have spoken with and will help veterans. Therefore, I am asking my brother veterans and 21st Congressional Districts voting residents to vote for Matt Funiciello who will be a representative who will fight for all veterans and residents needs in the 21st Congressional District.


Thomas Campanile




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