Murphy is a fighter

July 26, 2014

The letter on U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy that was published in July 17’s Observer-Reporter, “Following the parade, not leading it,” could not be further from the truth.

There is no better advocate in Congress for veterans and military members than Murphy. In 2013, when the 911th Airlift Wing was threatened with closure, Murphy successfully led the charge to keep it open.

In Congress, Murphy is a strong voice for accountability from the Department of Veterans Affairs when it comes to the care for our nation’s veterans. Murphy sounded the alarm during the Legionella outbreak and brought the House Veterans Committee to Pittsburgh to fix the problem. He fought for an end to the outrageous VA bonuses, and uncovered the lengthy waiting lists in Pittsburgh for veterans to see their doctors.

In addition to being a congressman, Murphy volunteered to serve in the Navy Reserves as a lieutenant commander in the Medical Service Corps to work with our returning heroes from Iraq and Afghanistan needing care for post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries. It was Murphy’s legislation that required the Department of Defense and the VA to get more mental health providers caring for our returning veterans. Sen. Bob Casey has been absent when it comes to working on these issues.

As a veteran, I could not be more honored to have someone like Murphy, who fights for us, in elected office.

Barry Patterson



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