The lone military veteran in Colorado's congressional delegation was chosen today for a seat on the House Veterans' Affairs Committee.
John Salazar, who served in the Army from 1973 to 1976, wants to tackle the issue of funding veterans' health care.
"Being a veteran myself and being the father of a veteran, I understand the issues that most veterans are impacted with," said Salazar, D-Manassa. "My father was a World War II veteran and I believe that this would be a proud day for him."
Not only did John Salazar serve. So did his son. There are few members of Congress who are similarly situated.
Incidentally, from a pure political view, I have a much easier time living with moderate Democrat John Salazar in the House, given that the 3rd CD from which he is elected leans markedly Republican and that in the House, in the absence of a filibuster, the single most important vote of the entire session by far is the vote for the Speaker of the House, his votes that occassionally break with the Democratic party ranks is far less of a concern than in the case of his brother Ken Salazar in the Senate, who has the power to make a difference and has a less decisively conservative constituency.