Mark Kirk's GOP Illinois Senate campaign highlighted his veterans record, sending out a memo Tuesday morning in advance of a press conference Democrat Alexi Giannoulias is holding with wounded Iraq war vet Tammy Duckworth at the Volunteers of America service center. In touting his record, Kirk's campaign emphasized that he broke party lines in several votes.
Giannoulias and Duckworth, a Veterans Affairs undersecretary--and former director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs will talk with some homeless veterans here getting jobs training and then take questions.
below, from Kirk campaign...
Mark Kirk: Expanding Opportunities for our Newest Veterans
Background: The opportunity for education is an invaluable benefit that can be transformative in the lives of our returning veterans.
Fact: To increase these benefits, Congressman Kirk broke party lines to support the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, which provides eligible veterans with funding to receive a college education or vocational training at an institution of higher learning of their choice. (2008 Supplemental Appropriations PL 110-252) These benefits cover the cost of tuition, up to the maximum cost of in-state public university undergraduate tuition, plus a stipend for room and board.
Fact: Congressman Kirk also broke party lines to support the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John D. Fry scholarship, which extends post 9/11 G.I. Bill eligibility to the children of service members killed while serving on active duty after September 10, 2001. (2009 Supplemental Appropriations PL. 111-32)