It is always good to see veterans getting elected to Congress and this year was a especially good year for veterans:
The number of veterans in Congress with first-hand experience of the current wars will more than double next year, after voters backed a slate of new Republican veteran candidates Tuesday night.
In all, at least eight Republican veteran candidates won House seats, and Illinois Republican Mark Kirk — who served briefly in Iraq and Afghanistan — grabbed the Senate seat formerly held by President Barack Obama.
But Democratic veterans didn’t fare as well. Pennsylvania Rep. Patrick Murphy, an Army vet who was the first Iraq war veteran elected to Congress, failed in his re-election bid, as did Air Force reservist Ohio Rep. John Boccieri.
Murphy, first elected in 2006, was a vocal opponent of the Iraq war during his first term and led House efforts to repeal the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” law in recent months. On Wednesday morning, gay rights groups and liberal veterans organizations mourned his defeat, calling it a key loss for Democrats’ defense credentials. [Stars & Stripes]
Read the rest at the link about who else got elected. There is one race that is still too close to call that could bring the veteran total to 10. By the way these election results show what a phony organization VoteVets is considering they decided to not endorse Republican veteran candidates and instead decided to demonize them.