Republican Senator Tom Coburn used a procedural maneuver to block a vote on the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act because The Republican Party doesn't care one whit about Veterans. Republicans view Veterans in the same light as any other American; only useful if they advance the interests of the Plutocracy and the Conservative Principles of Oppression, Intolerance and Adulation of the Rich.
By and large, since Vietnam Conservatives have studiously eschewed Military Service. The soft, flabby Republican chickenhawks haved cited all sorts of other priorities for why they couldn't seem to serve, whether it was seeking 5 or 6 deferments, rotten luck because too many minorities had filled the spots, numerous cases of college football knee injuries and asthma, or they choose to "serve" in France instead of French-Indochina. And in at least one case, a Conservative Hero literally shit his pants to avoid Vietnam so he could stay stateside instead and rape little girls.
But, like White Privilege conservatives rest on unearned laurels and consider themselves Pro-Veteran because of jingoistic flag waving, Toby Keith and Bruce Greenwood "songs", and their unwavering support of the Military Industrial Complex.
Republicans don't care about Veterans. Republicans love War. Republicans bask in the glow of waving the Bloody Shirt and talking about Freedom while seated on their expansive derrières from the comfort of their offices. Republicans love the Trillions of Dollars and thousands of lives they feed the rapacious War Machine. Republicans could not care less for individual military members and Veterans,
"I didn’t use the word troops, I used the word military, and I think [giggles] they refer to the same thing." - The Military-Industrial-Complex are people, my friend! - Mitt RomneyIn reality, Republicans are grave robbers and fakes who have no right to speak for the dead. - Johnny Got His Gun, Dalton Trumbo.