Rural Veterans to Trump: “I Served, Did You?”

Veterans Use Billboards Across Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin to Push Back Against Trump calling them “suckers and losers”

(Harrisburg, PA) – Rural America 2020, the grassroots campaign engaging rural Americans across key 2020 states, today announced that they are working with rural veterans to send a message to President Trump about service and sacrifice. Rural America 2020 has purchased billboards across key states that display veteran’s service photos alongside messages to the President who has reportedly called veterans “suckers and losers.” Active duty servicemen and women as well as veterans overwhelming come from and live in rural areas represented in Rural America 2020’s network of farmers and rural leaders.

“Trump uses the military simply as a stage prop when and if he thinks he will look good because of it.  He is a coward, plain and simple, and a bully.  He has undermined the strength of the United States, and diminished our ability to accomplish anything good on the world stage,” said Andy Winder, a U.S. Air Force Veteran from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, “He has sown division and uncertainty domestically, and he will continue to do so if reelected. No true patriot can support him.  I don’t, and I hope enough of my fellow veterans won’t either.”

This effort to advocate for veterans and servicemen and women includes  billboards sprawled across key locations in places like Muskegon, MI; Saginaw, MI; Scranton, PA; Erie, PA: and La Crosse, MI. The billboards highlight the dismay and disappointment that the rural veterans have expressed following the President’s hurtful comments on our nation’s war veterans. Today, there are over 4 million U.S. military veterans living in rural regions who are increasingly affected by the Administration’s adverse rural economic and agricultural policies. Rural America holds a deep respect for military veterans and the sacrifices they have made to protect our nation’s soil.

“The greater loser is the man who now plays at president and will never understand the gravity of the office. I’m glad Nixon was my commander-in-chief in Nam and not this present misfit of humanity,”said Steve Maurer, Chair of the Ohio Rural America Steering Committee and U.S. Army Veteran.

Rural America 2020 is a 501(c)4 bipartisan non-profit that has built steering committees of concerned rural leaders and farmers across multiple states. Rural America 2020 helps educate and activate rural Americans on public policy issues that are impacting them, their communities and key rural industries, including agriculture. Rural America 2020 has launched ad campaigns on rural issues, including the impact of trade policy, access to rural health care and other issues in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and other key rural states.

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