Tracy Sperko, a U.S. Navy Veteran explained that “Gov. Walker has given us many reasons to be here today. In the past, Governors have recognized our sacrifice, but Gov. Walker, through his legislation, his actions and his personal decisions ignores our sacrifice of life and blood.”
Milwaukee County Supervisor and U.S. Marine Veteran, John Weishan, was quick to point out that Gov. Walker’s record does not match his rhetoric, calling Gov. Walker’s actions against Veterans “atrocious.”
Citing that as Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker routinely cut funding for Veteran programs, services and for the War Memorial at the Lake Front.
Veterans also discussed the ever widening John Doe corruption probe in which former top-aides of Gov. Walker were charged with embezzling thousands of dollars intended for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families and used those funds to go on an exotic vacation.
“What kind of leadership do we have in Wisconsin?” asked Roger Quindell, a Vietnam War Veteran and Purple Heart recipient. “We have criminals who rip off $60,000 from Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and their families and a leader who refuses to take responsibility. Gov. Walker knew they were thieves; they had a record of stealing when he hired them. Any leader like this does not deserve to be in office.”
Lieutenant Colonel Mike Gourlie a Vietnam Veteran and 25 year member of the Wisconsin National Guard stated that “there has been misleading and incorrect information on this bill from the Governor’s office and from supporting legislators. On this Memorial weekend I want to say to Gov. Walker that our current war veterans serving our country deserve better than what you have given them.”