A Jan. 15 letter from veteran Chris Deery that attacked Rep. Kevin Cramer was misleading and shortsighted.

First of all, I thank Deery for his service to our nation. Even when we disagree on politics, it should not come at the expense of the things that really matter. Secondly, I recognize that self-expression is among the very things that those in uniform fight to protect. As a veteran myself, I believe the ad was tasteful and honorable toward the fallen. I respect that others may disagree. At the end of the day most of us are tired of the war of words in today’s politics.

We have nearly 50,000 veterans in the state of North Dakota. Under President Donald Trump, veterans’ policies have improved dramatically. Cramer has voted for or publicly supported every aspect of the president’s program. In this program are plans that end decades of communications failure and records transfer between the VA and the Defense Department.

Online tools allow veterans to be better informed on wait times and quality issues. We’ve had directives for the executive Cabinet to provide veterans with better access to mental health care. Cramer voted for the "Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act," which streamlines disability benefits appeal process. He voted for the "Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act," which expands and extends GI Bill benefits for veterans and their families. Cramer’s vote for the "VA Choice and Quality Employment Act" authorizes billions in additional funds to aid eligible veterans living more than 40 miles from a VA facility.

When comes down to the things that matter most for veterans — Cramer has been there for us, in words, and actions. If we re-elect him in 2018, he will continue to do the same.

Patrick Jensen, Bismarck

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