Max Cleland For Secretary Of Veterans Affairs sign now

We, the undersigned petition President George W. Bush to fire Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson and appoint Max Cleland to replace him.

Nicholson's primary qualification for the job was serving as chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1997 to 2000, raising close to $380 million for the 2000 cycle. During President Bushs first term, Nicholson was rewarded with the plush ambassadorship to the Vatican. Appointed Secretary of Veterans Affairs during President Bush's second term, Nicholson has provened to be one of the most inept and incompetent leaders in the history of the department.

One of many examples, in the wake of the Walter Reed revelations, President Bush appointed Nicholson to lead a special panel to cut through red tape affecting veterans. But veterans advocates say it was Nicholsons inept management of the VA [that] has lead to the red tape. ABC News revealed last week that Nicholson shelved a program that could have avoided many of the bureaucratic delays plaguing injured vets because of its cost less than $1 million.

It should be the mission of a lifetime and Democrats and Republicans should call on President Bush to do it:

Make Max Cleland Secretary of Veterans Affairs and it will send a powerful message of support to our troops and vets.

If Max Cleland is named, within hours the treatment of every wounded soldier will improve because every official will know that the new sheriff is in town.

Max Cleland is the most qualified person in America for the job. Never again will wounded troops be punished by early morning inspections that are represensible and sick. Never again will wounded troops be threatened with retribution if they take their case to Congress or the press.

With Max Cleland, post traumatic stress disorder and serious brain injury will get the attention they need. Dictatorship of bureaucracy will not force wounded troops to wait an eternity for disability terms to be approved, and then rip off many troops when they are.

Max Cleland will lead a battle royal to end the chronic underfunding of local veterans care.

With Max Cleland there will be fighter for our troops and vets who understands the short, medium and long term costs of the wounds of war and will fight for the programs and budget. This year. Next year. And for ten years.

This issue goes far beyond Walter Reed. It is one of the most reprehensible scandals in American history. Max Cleland will end this scandal and begin a new day of hope for America's troops, America's vets, and those who support them in deed, not only in words.

We call upon President Bush to fire Jim Nicholson and appoint Max Cleland to replace him as Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

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