(Washington, D.C.) –
National leaders of Vietnam Veterans of America reacted with sadness to the
news of the June 23rd death of retired Arizona Republican Congressman Bob
Stump, who served as chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee from
"Bob Stump was one of Congress's strongest and most effective supporters of
veterans," said VVA national President Thomas H. Corey. "He worked long and
hard on behalf of all veterans and paid special attention to the needs of
those who served in the Vietnam War."
Stump began his congressional career as a Democrat in 1976, and switched his
party affiliation in 1982 after voting to support President Ronald Reagan's
tax-cut bill. In recent years he was a strong supporter of the effort to
construct the World War II Memorial on The Mall in Washington. He received a
degree from Arizona State University in Agronomy.
"Congressman Stump served his nation with courage and distinction as a Navy
Corpsman with the Marines in the Pacific Theater during World War II, "Corey
said. "He remained in service to America with his steadfast support of
veterans while in the Congress."