Carmona says veterans’ care cannot be ignored
- Bill Hess (wick communications)
Speaking as a Vietnam veteran, the former Army Special Forces combat medic and the man who became the 17th U.S. Surgeon General of the United States during part of Republican President George W. Bush’s administration, told nearly 30 people who attended his Veterans Town Hall that making the decision to run for political office was a difficult one, saying when he was the surgeon general he found himself “working in one of the most lethal combat zones I’ve ever served in.”
He was speaking of the political combat in Washington, D.C. He was asked numerous times if he was going to run for the U.S. Senate and try to win the seat being vacated by retiring Republican U.S. Sen. John Kyl. Carmona softly laughed and remarked, “I said I was running away from it.”
But seeing the need to ensure active duty, National Guard, reservists and veterans had to be protected, he decided to run.
“I see this as going back on active duty,” Carmona said.