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20 October 2010

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Give John Lewis An "F" On Veterans Issues

Wednesday, The Hill newspaper reported that a veterans group "says a large number of lawmakers failed to help veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."

The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) Action Fund is releasing its congressional report card on veterans’ issues Wednesday. The organization gave as many as 154 lawmakers D’s and F’s, while only 20 House and Senate lawmakers scored an A+ for “exceptional” handling of veterans’ issues.

“The nonpartisan report card is a critical tool for holding these lawmakers accountable and showing America just how little Congress got done this year for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans,” Paul Rieckhoff, founder and executive director of the IAVA Action Fund, said in an e-mailed statement. “Heading into the midterm elections, it is important that every American knows who in Washington really supports Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, and who is just full of hot air.”

Tiron, Roxana (2010-10-20). Veterans group gives Congress low marks. The Hill. Retrieved on 2010-10-20.

The IAVA report card, which can be seen here, gives most members of Georgia's congressional delegation a "C" or a "D". 5th district Congressman John Lewis received the lowest mark from the IAVA, while the highest marks went to 4th district Congressman Hank Johnson.

Below are the grades from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Action Fund:

Member of Congress Grade
John Barrow B
Sanford Bishop B
Paul Broun D
Saxby Chambliss D
Phil Gingrey C
Tom Graves Incomplete
Johnny Isakson D
Hank Johnson A
Jack Kingston D
John Lewis F
John Linder D
Jim Marshall C
Tom Price D
David Scott B
Lynn Westmoreland D

The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is the nation's first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and has more than 125,000 veteran members and civilian supporters nationwide.