Today, four leading Oklahoma veterans announce their endorsement of Joy Hofmeister for governor and launch the Veterans for Joy initiative aimed at securing veterans’ votes toward her victory in November. Please find the news release below and the veterans’ formal letter attached.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Today, four leading Oklahoma veterans announced their joint endorsement of Joy Hofmeister for governor. Major Pete Reed, General Myles Deering, Major General Rita Aragon, and Master Chief Larry Van Schuyver shared their support for Hofmeister while simultaneously launching the Veterans for Joy initiative aimed at securing her victory on Election Day.
“You possess the leadership, compassion and knowledge required to solve veterans’ healthcare issues, and understand the courage and sacrifices of all Oklahoma Veterans. You’ve shown a desire to embrace opportunities to improve the quality of life within the veterans’ community. We believe in Joy! However, we do not believe in Kevin Stitt,” Maj. Reed, Gen. Deering, Gen. Aragon, and Master Chief Van Schuyver stated in a formal endorsement letter to Hofmeister.
As co-chairs of Veterans for Joy, the group will be focused in two areas:
1. Communicating with the Oklahoma veterans’ community the outstanding attributes, understanding, support and commitment Hofmeister brings to veterans’ issues; and,
2. Making veterans and their families aware of the current administration’s failures to support and provide leadership on healthcare issues desperately needed by the Oklahoma Veteran.
As governor, Hofmeister will fight efforts to privatize veterans’ centers – something Kevin Stitt wants.
“Veterans who have fought for all of us deserve the highest level of care and service in return,” Hofmeister said. “That duty shouldn’t be awarded to the highest bidder, nor should veterans services incentivize profit over care. We have to fight for better facilities and better resources just as veterans have fought for us. Once again Stitt is playing political games over finding real solutions for critical veterans’ issues like PTSD, homelessness and suicide prevention.”
In the final three weeks of the campaign and with over 515,000 miles on her SUV, Hofmeister will continue traveling to communities throughout the state listening to Oklahomans and sharing her vision for a state with world-class schools, safe and healthy communities, and an economy that better supports families.