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N.H. Veterans, Military Parents Send Letter to Shaheen Condemning Recent Marks that Loss of American Lives “a Minor Cost”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 29, 2020

ADVISORY: MESSNER CAMPAIGN EVENTS OCTOBER 29, 2020

Contact: Carmelle Druchniak at carmelle@corkyforsenate.com

BEDFORD, NH – A group of New Hampshire veterans and the parents of those in uniform this week sent a strongly-worded letter to U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen opposing her recent statement that the loss of American lives in Syria represented “a minor cost.”

Seventy-eight Granite Staters, including U.S. Senate candidate Bryant “Corky” Messner, signed the letter, which reads, in part: “The loss of even one American life is not ‘a minor cost’ as military parents and veterans in New Hampshire and those across the nation know all too well. Your rash statement…was outrageous and disrespectful to our troops and their parents, and anyone who has ever served in uniform.”

The letter stated:

It is with profound disappointment that we call attention to your statement in an interview (MSNBC, 10-11-2019) that the loss of American lives (and similar losses among the Kurds) represented “minor costs” for our continued involvement in Syria. At the time, you were critical of President Trump’s decision to remove American troops from the region.

Sadly, your tenure on the U.S. Senate’s Foreign Relations and Armed Services committees has been characterized by misinformed and ill-advised support of America’s involvement in various ‘hot spots’ around the world and the reckless use of U.S. troops in areas where our involvement no longer serves a strategic purpose, only putting those troops at risk.

Your party’s haphazard, nonsensical, and inconsistent foreign policy positions do have one consistency – they always run counter to the Trump Administration’s strategic goals. The partisanship is obvious. Case in point: in recent months, the President has negotiated three peace agreements in the Mideast, yet there is no recognition of the historic importance of those treaties from you or your party. Instead, you continue to do media interviews that downplay and denigrate these and other accomplishments, while also calling for more troops in dangerous corners of the globe.

The loss of even one American life is not “a minor cost” as military parents and veterans in New Hampshire and those across the nation know all too well. Your rash statement to MSNBC was outrageous and disrespectful to our troops and their parents, and anyone who has ever served in uniform.

Granite Staters deserve a U.S. Senator who will not play politics with our military and only see our foreign policy as yet another way to undercut our President. We need someone who truly understands the sacrifice of those in uniform and the concern we as veterans and parents feel when they are needlessly put in harm’s way not as part of a strategic foreign policy, but as a deliberate ploy to undercut a political adversary.

About Bryant “Corky” Messner

Raised in a blue-collar family in Altoona, PA, Bryant “Corky” Messner attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he played football and prepared for military service. Upon earning the Army Ranger tab and graduating in 1979, he served in West Germany, witnessing firsthand the specter of the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. Following his military service, he attended University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law and went on to found the law firm Messner Reeves LLP, which today includes more than 100 lawyers, 200 employees and offices in nine cities.

Messner is a strong conservative, and remains passionate about giving back to the country that has offered him the opportunity to live the American Dream. His continued public service includes involvement with various non-profit organizations, including the Wentworth Watershed Association, the Army West Point Athletic Association, the Rise School Denver, and the Messner Foundation, which works to cultivate the next generation of business and community leaders.

A father of three, Messner’s two sons are West Point Cadets and his daughter is preparing to attend medical school. He resides in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.

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