Defend Freedom Bus Rolls Through Payson



Members of the Concerned Veterans for America brought the Defend Freedom bus to town on Monday.

Among the speakers were Lt. Col. Steve Russell, U.S. Army veteran and author; Darin Selnick, U.S. Air Force veteran and adviser on the VA; Jane Horton, the widow of combat casualty Christopher Horton; and Pete Hegseth, chief executive officer for CVA.

The tour provided a platform for U.S. military veterans and others to tell their stories.

Issues discussed included preserving promises to veterans by reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs; reducing the 500,000 case “backlog” in veterans’ benefit claims; reforming Pentagon spending; reducing the $17 trillion debt; getting veterans involved in politics.

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