Behind in the polls against Democratic nominee Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., is getting some help from a veterans group.
Concerned Veterans for America Action (CVAA) announced on Tuesday that it will help DeSantis with a six-figure direct mail effort.
The new mailer focuses on DeSantis’ service and his efforts to reform the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). CVAA praised DeSantis for backing reforms to the Veterans Choice Program (VCP) and his efforts to hold underperforming and incompetent VA employees accountable.
CVAA also cheered the Republican for encouraging the VA to embrace alternative therapies.
“In light of scandals showing the VA routinely overprescribed medication, DeSantis embraced alternative forms of treatment to treat veterans while mitigating medication dependency issues. In 2017, DeSantis introduced the Puppies Assisting Wounded Service members Act of 2017 (PAWS Act), which would create an innovative pilot program that would create a private-public partnership with nonprofits to test the use of service dogs to treat PTSD. The program would be paid for by cutting VA overhead,” CVAA noted.
“During his time in Congress, Ron DeSantis demonstrated that he was a steadfast champion for veterans and we are confident he will continue to be their champion in Tallahassee,” said Dan Caldwell, a senior advisor for CVAA. “Floridians and Florida veterans will be well served with DeSantis as governor, and we urge them to vote for him this November.”