Republican Senator Tommy Tuberville Faces Condemnation Over “Hold” on Military Promotions and Nominations
Republican Senator Tommy Tuberville of Alabama is facing escalating condemnation over his controversial decision to place a “hold” on military promotions and nominations. This move has drawn criticism from various quarters, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW). The VFW, the largest and oldest veterans service organization in the country, has warned that Tuberville’s actions set a dangerous precedent by using U.S. service members as political pawns.
VFW Urges Tuberville to Lift “Hold” on Military Promotions
The VFW recently issued a letter to Senator Tuberville, calling on him to lift his hold on the routine promotion of military generals and flag officers. With over 1.5 million members, the VFW holds significant influence and represents the concerns of many veterans. VFW Commander-in-Chief Duane Sarmiento strongly criticized Tuberville’s actions, stating that they will have far-reaching consequences and will take years to rectify.
VFW Emphasizes the Inappropriateness of Using Service Members as Political Leverage
VFW Commander-in-Chief Duane Sarmiento stressed that political disputes should be handled by politicians and not within the ranks of the all-volunteer force. He emphasized that Tuberville’s actions have serious implications throughout the active-duty force and stated that this is not the way Congress should conduct its business.
Newsweek reached out to both Tuberville and the VFW for comment, but there has been no response so far.