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Veterans Groups Support Gilmore

Anita Kumar

Two veterans groups, Vets for Freedom and IFVPP, endorsed former governor James S. Gilmore III (R) today in his U.S. Senate bid against former governor Mark R. Warner (D).

"Jim recognizes and acknowledges the success of our current military strategy in Iraq, and has been a steadfast source of support for all the men and women who are winning the global war on terror,'' Vets for Freedom Virginia State Captain Coby Dillard said.

Vets for Freedom, a nonpartisan organization established by combat veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, has more than 600 members in Virginia.

IFVPP, a group of Iraqi veterans who strive to preserve the memory of veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom, based its endorsement on Gilmore's support of the surge, his experience chairing a national advisory committee on homeland security and his service as a veteran. The group has more than 250 members in Virginia.

"After meeting with both candidates it was crystal clear who best supported our interest as Iraqi freedom veterans," IFVPP chairman Rusty McGuire said.

By Anita Kumar  |  October 17, 2008; 7:48 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Gilmore III , Mark Warner  
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I noticed you did not indicate what the acronym IFVPP stood for. According to its MySpace Page, it stands for "Iraqi Freedom Veteran Plate Project" and was organized to get a license plate design passed. It is run by Rusty McGuire, a failed candidate for the GOP nomination for Hanover Commonwealth's Attorney. I am shocked - shocked! - that it endorsed the GOP candidate.

Looks like the tide is really starting to turn for Gilmore . . . .

Posted by: Sam | October 19, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

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