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September 10, 2019 · OPINION

Mike Webert the “real deal” on veterans’ care issues

By John P. Moliere

I have known Mike Webert for a number of years. He is Fauquier County conservative through and through, from his impassioned pro-life and Second Amendment legislation to his basic conservation. We know he works on our behalf by the sweat on his brow and the Fauquier dirt on his jeans. He is the real deal, a genuine farmer, and he cares about everyone, including my fellow veterans.

I have had the honor of receiving three national awards for the work I’ve done and still do on behalf of veterans whether in pursuit of their entrepreneurial quests or simply securing their proper and earned disability benefits.

Mike Webert has been instrumental in getting the new General Lewis “Chesty” Puller Veterans Care Center built in Fauquier County. The 128-bed long-term care and rehabilitation facility is being built on 30 acres on the former Vint Hill Farms Station, which previously served as a U.S. Army and National Security Agency facility. The Virginia Department of Veterans Services will operate this facility, and it will serve Virginia veterans in Prince William and those throughout the 18th District including Fauquier, Rappahannock and Warren counties.

I’ve read that Mike’s opponent in the 18th District Virginia House of Delegates election has raised the issue of veterans not having local services available. This is just not true. Veterans are served by nearby U.S Department of Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinics at Charlottesville, two in Fredericksburg, Fort Belvoir and Staunton or the Out-Patient Clinic at Stephens City or the Vet Center in Martinsburg, W.Va. We geographically located in the center of three VA Medical Centers in Martinsburg, Washington and Richmond that support these clinics. These medical centers work in conjunction with and are manned by physicians in training from nearby medical colleges Georgetown, U.Va., VCU, WVU and GWU are only a few of the 118 medical colleges that have associations with the VA.

So frankly, Mr. Webert knows and understands the veterans’ needs, contrary to his opponent, who only wants to get on a fabricated bandwagon regarding veterans’ issues. We have an expression, Vets Helping Vets. We do this every day at every DAV, VVA, VFW or American Legion post: by vets for vets as stewards of veterans’ issues and their care.

We do not whine “Poor me!” We just do. We understand that the easiest way to get on our feet is to get off our duff! Mr. Webert knows us, and he knows that about us. He helps us when we are in need; we are now helping him dismiss false accusations leveled by his opponent.

I hope you will join me in supporting Mr. Webert on Nov. 5.
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Tony Bentley · October 4, 2019 at 7:47 pm
Webert doesn't give a rat's patoot about veterans. Have you been to a VA facility lately? What about all those records that were hacked? Why the long waiting times for healthcare? What about the funds being diverted from the military to build a "wall".
Silii · September 24, 2019 at 8:02 am
Not sure what Mr. Webert has done to improve lives of citizens in his district. He's a yes man and only does what he's told. He supports the president's agenda which, Hon. Rev.Dr. RAH is hardly a Christian, bible oriented agenda which I suspect you don't believe in, either, given your need for petty name calling. He doesn't own the farm, he's employed by his grandma who owns the farm and is the brains and money behind it. He wouldn't even protect young children from being shot to death by an age peer in home day care by simply requiring home day care workers to lock up their guns. Quite frankly, I'm ready for a delegate with ideas, energy, brains, innovative thoughts, ability to think and plan about the long term future; strong background - education and work experience - in cybersecurity issues; proven ability to actually run a business that is pertinent to one of our biggest needs - broadband to enable folks to run their business from home or telework,enable children to get their school assignments and do their schoolwork online without sitting at a local McDonalds or some other place with wifi; allow people (especially those with severe health conditions/elderly/disabled/those without transportation) to communicate with their doctors and other health care providers; dedicated to protecting our rural land and farms. Sorry, those aren't "flaimingly" liberal ideas. They're are what we need in 2019 and on.
Silii · September 14, 2019 at 8:25 am
Vaping is killing people. Webert supported it in our public schools. State income taxes automatically increased a lot for many taxpayers as a result of the changes to the federal tax law. Webert did nothing to address either issue.
DonkeyFarmer · September 13, 2019 at 10:02 pm
Silli, who do you think you are kidding? Worried about taxes and vaping..? Lol.
Jeannette Griffin · September 13, 2019 at 6:39 am
Are you out of medication, silii?
Silii · September 11, 2019 at 9:22 am
I'm glad someone got responses from Mike Webert. I asked him to do something about changing Virginia state income tax laws so taxpayers weren't hit between the eyes with increased Virginia income taxes resulting from changes to the federal tax law. No response from his office, not even a thank you for input. I asked why he supported vaping in public schools, he considered it student rights. Nothing, even though students don't want to use the restrooms in between classes because of all the vaping. Now we know vaping is killing people. I wondered why he, at a minimum, ignored changing VA gun laws to make home child care centers lock up guns so that we don't have another horrible tragedy in Virginia of a young child picking up a loaded gun at child care and shooting and killing another young child. No response, except his voting record showing even young children shooting and kiling other young children in home child care is of no conern to him.
Jim Griffin · September 11, 2019 at 7:09 am
I like Mike Webert and support him because he is dedicated to constituent service and giving to the community. I don't need to agree with him on every issue to realize he is dedicated to public service and delivers every day.

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