Eric Stewart and Three-Star-General Meet with Veterans
Three-Star Marine Lt. Gen. John "Glad" Castellaw Endorses Eric Stewart for Congress
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – State Sen. Eric Stewart, candidate for Tennessee’s Fourth Congressional District, kicked off a veterans listening tour today in Rutherford County. Stewart was joined by local veterans and three-star Marine Lt. General John "Glad" Castellaw at the Bumpus Harley-Davidson of Murfreesboro for a discussion on topics such as jobs for veterans, veterans benefits, and ensuring that veterans and active military members are given the support they need and deserve.
"Our veterans right now, particularly the ones that come from rural areas like the 4th Congressional district need someone to fight for them. Things are going to be interesting as we go through the budget reductions. I know Eric is the type of guy that's going to get in there and fight for those veterans in the 4th district and that's why I'm glad to be with him," Gen. Castellaw said.
While meeting with veterans, Gen. Castellaw said that rural districts like the 4th Congressional district only make up 17 percent of the country's total population, but that 44 percent of our military comes from rural areas. Castellaw estimates that in the next five years, 1 million veterans will be returning home. "These men and women deserve the opportunity to come back here and live where their families are, and they deserve to have good jobs," he said.
During the Murfreesboro roundtable discussion, Stewart spoke about the opportunity he had to attend the groundbreaking of the Fisher House in Murfreesboro. The Fisher House program is a unique public-private partnership that provides lodging to veterans and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers. "A veteran told me at the groundbreaking ceremony that we are winning the war against terror, but that we're losing the war here at home," Stewart said.
"We have to do more to take care of our veterans when they return home," Stewart added. "That means fighting for veterans benefits and working to address the alarming rate of suicide and mental issues that our men and women are facing."
Veterans at the roundtable discussion spoke about the unemployment rate among veterans, healthcare for veterans, and veterans benefits. Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) was also mentioned during the conversations for being recognized as a university that is friendly to veterans wishing to pursue a degree.
"If I'm given the chance to represent the 4th Congressional district in Congress, I will do everything that I can to stand up and fight for veterans," Stewart said. "I want to have a veteran on my congressional staff whose sole responsibility is to work with veterans in our district and make sure they are getting everything that they need."
Stewart and Gen. Castellaw are visiting at least six more counties in the 4th Congressional District over the next two days.
For a full bio of Gen. Castellaw, please visit this link.
For a video from the Murfreesboro roundtable with Stewart and Gen. Castellaw, please visit this link.
For photos of the event, please visit this link.
For a previous press release on veterans issues from the Stewart campaign that mentions Congressman DesJarlais's votes, please visit this link.