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Commander John Plumb Statement on the Strength of those Battling PTSD

Jamestown, New York – The following is a statement from U.S. Navy Commander John Plumb, candidate for Congress in New York’s 23rd district, on the strength of those battling PTSD:

“I have military friends suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I am proud they have had the courage to recognize they need help and in awe of their strength in seeking treatment. Service members struggling to overcome Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are the strongest people I know.

“Those with PTSD deserve the nation's support, and they need to be encouraged to seek treatment. Suggesting otherwise is ignorant, damaging, and can literally cost lives. Anyone insulting service members battling PTSD or discouraging them from seeking treatment is not on the side of our veterans, not on the side of our military families, and has no concept of what leadership requires.”

Plumb Campaign Announces At Least Three Debates

Jamestown, New York – John Plumb’s Campaign for Congress in New York’s 23rd district is announcing today that U.S. Navy Commander John Plumb is participating in at least three debates with Congressman Reed before Election Day.

The debates so far include:

  • A Jamestown Post-Journal debate that will be closed to the public in October or November
  • A televised WETM-TV debate in Elmira on Friday, October 28
  • A debate hosted by the League of Women Voters in Chautauqua County on Tuesday, November 1

“My campaign is about making sure our district has a new representative that is looking out for our working families in the Southern Tier, Western New York, and the Finger Lakes,” said Commander Plumb. “I’m looking forward to making my case directly to our voters because they deserve to see firsthand how my core belief of putting service to country first strongly contrasts with Congressman Reed's failed record of looking out for politicians like himself, millionaires, and special interests."

Commander Plumb Unveils Priorities for Protecting the Jobs We Have and Creating New Ones

Plan was Announced in Dunkirk and Prioritizes Our Rural Economies

Dunkirk, New York – U.S. Navy Reserve Commander John Plumb, fourth generation Western New Yorker and candidate for Congress is New York’s 23rd district, announced his policy priorities for protecting the jobs we have and creating new ones throughout our entire region. Commander Plumb unveiled the platform at an event at the United Steelworkers Local 2693 in Dunkirk.

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Combating ISIS and Defeating Radical Islamic Extremism

For over two decades, I have had the honor of serving in defense of our country both at home and abroad, working to counter the broad range of threats we face. It is clear that ISIS is a dangerous enemy of the United States. We must be both smart and strategic in our approach to defeating ISIS, while pushing back against the avenues to radicalization that have allowed ISIS to grow.

While we have seen some key victories against ISIS — including the successful targeting of key leaders, the advances in Manbij in Syria, and the retaking of Fallujah in Iraq — we still have work to do. The continued instability caused by the Syrian civil war, the devolution of security in Iraq, and the continued instability in Libya have led to a regional power vacuum that has allowed ISIS to take hold and impose their own twisted version of Islam and Sharia law on the people whose towns they occupy.

Effectively combating ISIS requires a partnership between the Congress and the President to authorize and fund an unrelenting focus on finding and eliminating the radical elements that continue to incite, plan, and conduct violent activities against U.S. citizens. Our Congress has the responsibility of ensuring that our military has the authorities, resources, and partnerships needed to effectively tackle this multi-national threat. At the same time, it is critical for Congress to establish clear, bounded objectives to minimize the risk of drawing the U.S. into a prolonged, expansive military engagement in the myriad of conflicts across the region.

It is important for the United States to have a strong, sensible policy that first and foremost prevents an attack on our homeland. To do so, we must focus on directly combating the threats posed by ISIS to the U.S. and our allies through 5 key lines of effort to provide the authorities, resources, and oversight needed to effectively dismantle ISIS, while preventing mission creep and the risk of a broader, more prolonged military engagement in the Middle East. It will not be quick, and it will not be easy. But with the right leadership in Congress, we can defeat ISIS.

Key Priorities

Protect the Homeland: Reinvigorate our Joint Terrorism Task Force to effectively integrate information on threats and interrupt planned attacks on the homeland.

A New AUMF for our Current Enemy: Pass a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) to provide clear legal authority to the executive branch to hunt down and capture or kill ISIS leadership wherever they are hiding, while ensuring focused and rigorous Congressional oversight to prevent mission creep or executive overreach.

Intelligence Sharing and Joint Operational Planning to Create a True Coalition : Enhance support for intelligence sharing and joint planning, including efforts with key regional partners in the fight against ISIS.

Cutting Off ISIS Sources of Money: Expand operations and financial activities aimed at undermining ISIS sources of power — specifically their oil, arms, and financial backers.

Confront ISIS in their Cyber War: Expand and enhance existing authorities and funding that allow the U.S. to engage in offensive and defensive cyber operations to undermine and eliminate ISIS efforts to radicalize and recruit online.

Here’s a link to my full plan.

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