Sen. Paul, Rep. Yarmuth become 'odd couple' for veterans


by Johnny Archer

Posted on August 19, 2013 at 12:04 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 19 at 2:17 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) –Two parties who don't always see eye to eye teed off side by side Thursday morning.

Senator Rand Paul and Congressman John Yarmuth came together at Valhalla Golf Club to raise money for Helping a Hero. It’s the first year for the “Odd Couple Challenge” golf tournament and organizers were able to raise $150,000.

“Partisanship doesn’t affect our shared commitment to our troops and brave men and women that have given so much,” Yarmuth said.

“We’re excited,” Paul said. “People say there’s no bipartisanship. But here today, you got Congressman Yarmuth and I coming together to do something good for our veterans”

Paul is referring to veterans like Army Chief Warrant Officer Scott Schroeder, who lost both of his legs in Afghanistan in 2010.

Helping a Hero is building Schroeder a new home in Tennessee, where he is from, to help accommodate his needs. He appreciates seeing the Democrat and Republican come together.

“In circumstances like this, it’s about people,” Schroeder said.

Yet, the government has failed to help many Veterans around the county when it comes to getting necessary health care. The Veterans Affairs backlog of hundreds of thousands of benefit claims has both political sides looking for answers.

“I’m not sure if I have the exact answer,” Paul said. “But, our office has been pushing to speed up the process and the President said he’s going to try.”

“There’s just a lot of hands-on paper work,” Yarmuth said. “When you’re dealing with close to a million cases, it’s going to take a while.