Congressional Candidate Angela Zimmann Defines Stance on Veteran Support, Challenges Incumbent to “Serve the Needs of Those Who Served Their Country.”
Toledo, Ohio –Congressional candidate Angela Zimmann has strong words for those who threaten to take away the benefits of veterans. Zimmann will hold a press conference at the VA clinic located at 3333 Glendale Ave. Toledo 43614 on Wednesday, January 11th at 2 PM, to share ideas about how to support veterans in the coming years.
“In my years as a parish pastor, some of the most humbling and poignant moments of my ministry were when I presided at the funeral of a veteran. When you see an American flag draped over a casket with a cross in the background, the meaning of sacrifice becomes crystal clear,” Zimmann states. “In addition, I have had the privilege of teaching young men and women who have come home from Iraq and Afghanistan on the GI bill, and bar none they are some of my most dedicated and serious students.”
According to data from the Veteran’s Administration, the unemployment rate for veterans ages 18-24 is slightly more than 20%. “This number is more than double the national unemployment rate. Why is it that our vets are coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan after serving faithfully, only to find doors closing in their faces?” Zimmann asked. “The Congress would do well to look into promoting tax incentives for small businesses to employ our men and women in uniform. It’s a win-win formula that can help our vets and the overall economy.”
Sadly, the homeless rates for veterans aged thirty to sixty are disproportionately large in this nation. Slightly more than 40% of veterans in this age category use shelters and roughly 26% of them live in poverty, according to a 2010 national census report. “Right now, it seems as if Congress is locked in a power struggle of partisan ideology while ironically many of the people who make this nation’s democratic processes possible are living hand to mouth. Roughly one in three members of the House are millionaires. My opponent in this race has a net worth of $2.3 million, and he seems indifferent to the needs of District Five veterans.”
Who: Candidate for Congress Angela Zimmann and Veterans
When: 2 pm. Today, January 11th, 2012
Where: VA Outpatient Clinic, 3333 Glendale Ave. Toledo, OH
“My vow to the people of District Five is this: I will vote to send our loved ones to war only when it is a genuine threat to our national well-being. I will actively work to provide for disabled and homeless veterans in the district, and maintain an open door policy for the needs of all veterans in our communities,” Zimmann asserts.
Dr. Angela Zimmann, 38, is an ordained Lutheran minister and full-time faculty member teaching in the General Studies Writing Program at Bowling Green State University. An elected board member and past president of the Lucas County Educational Service Center, Dr. Zimmann currently serves as president of the Northwest Region of the Ohio School Boards Association. Valedictorian of the 1990 Springfield High School graduating class, she received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Toledo and graduated from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg before earning her Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition from Bowling Green State University. She lives in Holland, Ohio with her husband, Dr. Martin Otto Zimmann, and their children and foster children.
- See Angela’s Recent Video Regarding Veterans
- Read the Veterans Administration Report on Unemployment
- Read the 2010 HUD Report on Veteran Homelessness
- Read the Washington Post report on Latta’s Financial Net Worth