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Charlie doesn't just talk about helping vets

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My name is Joshua L. Steward. I am an OIF Veteran and was a combat engineer and a U.S. Army paratrooper. I was injured on active duty during an Airborne Operation on Fort Bragg, NC. Due to the severity of my injuries, I was told I could no longer serve in the U.S. Army and was medically discharged at a 0 percent disability rating. My injuries then became even worse in civilian life. I finally received 30 percent disability from the Veteran Administrations in July 2007 only after losing my civilian job, due to my increasing injuries and becoming wheelchair bound. I had heard of Charlie Brown and knew he was a veteran running for Congress but what I did not expect was for him to hear about my situation. One day while sitting in my wheelchair in my backyard, my phone rang. I answered it and to my surprise it was Retired Lt. Col. Charlie Brown. He had heard about my pain and injuries, how they had rendered me unable to work, and the struggle that I was going through trying to fight the VA. Since then Charlie has offered his help to me and other veterans in my situation to navigate the bureaucratic mess that is the VA’s claim department. Charlie is not just talking about helping veterans; he is also about doing it now, and will continue doing it whether or not he is in office. I feel like I finally have a voice, an advocate for veterans’ rights. I believe that voice is Charlie Brown. Joshua Steward, Roseville