Mike Evans, 34, of Arnold is the Missouri chair for Veterans for Obama, and says he knows President Obama is committed to veterans and their families.
Evans, an at-large delegate for Missouri attending the Democratic National Convention, says Obama ended the war in Iraq responsibily and killed Osama bin Laden.
He’s also demonstrated his leadership by “improving the care our Veterans receive, dedicating much needed resources for mental health care, addressing veteran homelessness, improving transition assistance, increased veteran education benefits and working to decrease veteran suicides,” Evans says.
“Obama has also boosted the VA budget, resulting in some 500,000 Veterans who are now receiving health services and benefits, that had been previously denied. Also, he signed into law, The Returning Heroes Tax Credit, which provides an incentive of up to $5,600 for firms to hire unemployed veterans and the Wounded Warrior Tax Credit doubled the existing tax credit for long-term unemployed veterans with service-connected disabilities to $9,600.”
Evans, who is openly gay, says Obama proved he was for equality for all people when he took a stand on “United States,” Evans says, meaning “anyone who is willing to take an oath to die for our country” deserves to be treated as an equal. Obama signing the legislation to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell,” Evans says, was a strong step that’s personal for him, and he believes for any other minority, woman or members of the LGBT community, a sign that Obama is the only candidate for equality.