"Through his years of uniformed service to our country, and his continued commitment to public service, Congressman (and more importantly, Colonel) Simmons demonstrates the best of America's warrior class. Colonel Simmons would make an immediate impact in the Senate, by adding a much-needed veterans' perspective to crucial national security issues.
"As recent events underscore, Colonel Simmons' record and character stand in dramatic contrast to that of Democratic candidate Richard Blumenthal. Simmons spent 19 months on the ground in Vietnam, earning two Bronze Star Medals. Blumenthal spent zero minutes on the ground in Vietnam, and then lied about it.
"Caught in the lie, he refused to apologize. Blumenthal is unfit to represent Connecticut, and Colonel Simmons will make sure he never makes it to Washington.
"By supporting Colonel Simmons' candidacy, VFF-PAC affirms our commitment to changing the landscape of Congress, one race at a time. The number of veterans serving in Washington is at an all-time low, and adding Colonel Simmons' experienced voice to Capitol Hill would have an immediate impact on the U.S. national security landscape.
"Rob served our country bravely on the ground in Vietnam, and rose from the rank of Private to Colonel during his 37 years in uniform. He understands the threats we face as a nation, and what it takes to ensure our war-fighters and commanders in the field-especially in Iraq and Afghanistan-have the resources, strategy, and support they need to win. Rob will make an outstanding Senator."
About Vets For Freedom PAC:
Vets for Freedom PAC (http://www.vetsforfreedompac.org) is a federal political action committee that supports candidates and policymakers from both sides of the aisle who stand behind our generation of warriors, and who put long-term national security before short-term partisan political gain. Established by combat veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on Veterans Day, 2007, VFF-PAC endorses, supports, and contributes to Republicans, Democrats, and Independents who support victory on the battlefield. VFF-PAC, along with Vets for Freedom, is the largest Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans organization in America, with over 100,000 members.
Rob Simmons's Background Makes Him Uniquely Qualified To Serve In The U.S. Senate
Rob Simmons served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war and won two Bronze Star Medals. He continued as a Reserve Military Intelligence Officer for 37 years before retiring at the rank of Colonel.
He is past commander of the 434th Military Intelligence (MI) Detachment New Haven, CT, which won the Reserve Officers Associations Outstanding Small Unit Award in 1996. In 1998, Rob was recognized by for his contributions to the Military Intelligence Corps with the Knowlton Award for "Integrity, Moral Character, Professional Competence and Selflessness.
Following his active duty service in the Army, Rob joined the Central Intelligence Agency, working as an Operations Officer for a decade, including five years on assignment overseas in East Asia where he participated in difficult and dangerous missions to protect America's national security.
Upon his return from East Asia, Rob left the CIA to join the staff of Senator John H. Chafee (R-Rhode Island) where he was Legislative Assistant for Military, Foreign and Veterans Affairs.
In 1981, he was assigned as a staff member to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and soon thereafter was appointed by Chairman Barry Goldwater (R-Arizona) to serve as Staff Director of the full committee. Rob worked with the committee and the Reagan Administration on some of the most important national security challenges of the Cold War. CIA Director Casey presented him with the Agency Seal Medallion its highest civilian award in 1985.
In Congress, Rob served on the Armed Services, Transportation, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security Committees. Rep. Simmons also served as the Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment and Veterans' Health Subcommittee.
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