Former military doctors urge vote for Biden to save Americans' 'health, security and future'

Former military doctors urge vote for Biden to save Americans' 'health, security and future'
Gage Skidmore

Former military healthcare specialists are appealing to the American public while urging them to vote for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Dr. Dean Taylor—a retired U.S. Army colonel, orthopedic surgeon, and a United States Military Academy (West Point) graduate— penned an op-ed published to USA Today on behalf of physician leaders and graduates of the United States' service academies. He expressed concern about the future of America's values, health, and security.

"Our future depends on having leaders of integrity, a foundational value of our service academies, a guiding value of the U.S. military, a fundamental value of the medical profession, and a value central to the democracy of the United States. Our leaders must be dedicated to selfless service, duty and sacrifice," Taylor wrote. "They must put others before themselves."

Not only is the election on the line, but the public health is also a concern. In addition to the coronavirus outbreak, millions of Americans are also at risk of losing healthcare and pre-existing condition protections under the Affordable Care Act.

Taylor noted the importance of the American public receiving service from compassionate leaders who are committed to combatting the public health crisis currently plaguing millions of Americans.

He added, "Our future depends on leaders dedicated to the health and security of all Americans. They must have the experience to compassionately address our public health crisis, and the leadership skills to work collaboratively and restore our national security and economy."

Taylor went on to highlight the characteristics and qualities he believes make Biden a suitable candidate for president.

Joe Biden is the leader for our time and for our future. He is a servant leader of integrity, committed to the democratic process and willing to sacrifice selflessly. He is dedicated to uniting our country through collaboration, respect and civility. He has the personal and professional experience to understand the challenges of the pandemic, public health and health care. He will address those challenges so we can begin the process of restoring our national health structure, improving our economy, and protecting our national security.

He concluded, "We ardently encourage all of you as citizens of the United States of America to vote, and to vote for Joe Biden for the health, security and future of our entire country."

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