Romney taps former President Bush, Dole to lead veterans group

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Tuesday named former President George H.W. Bush and former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) to serve as honorary co-chairmen of the campaign’s veterans coalition.

The group, dubbed “Veterans and Military Families for Romney,” includes many prominent GOP military veterans, including current lawmakers Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThune endorses Herschel Walker in Georgia Senate race Pennsylvania Republican becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress McCain: Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner had 'no goddamn business' attending father's funeral MORE (S.C.) and James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan GOP lawmakers worry vaccine mandate will impact defense supply chain Top GOP senators want joint review of Afghan visa process MORE (Okla.). 

Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainSenate confirms four Biden ambassadors after delay Meghan McCain to Trump: 'Thanks for the publicity' Grant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 MORE (R-Ariz.) has been named one of four national chairmen.

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"Veterans and their families sacrifice so much for our country; it is important that we recognize and honor the work that they do to keep us safe and free," said Romney in a statement posted on his campaign website's blog.

"As president, I will be an advocate for veterans and their families and will always fight to ensure that they get the opportunities and care they have earned,” he said.

"I have full faith in Gov. Romney's commitment to ensuring a bright future for our brave men and women who have served America with integrity and distinction," said former President Bush. 

Both Romney and President Obama's campaigns have made strong efforts to court veterans and military families in the 2012 race.

In April, Obama's team announced plans to engage military voters through the "Veterans and Military Families for Obama" effort. The president and first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaObama says change may be coming 'too rapidly' for many YouTube confirms it picked kids featured in Harris video Photos of the Week: Congressional Baseball Game, ashen trees and a beach horse MORE released a video touting the administration’s work "supporting veterans" and said they would continue to make "military families a top priority."

In May the campaign released an ad that spotlighted the president’s call to end the Iraq war, authorization of the mission that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and policies to help veterans find employment and access to mental and physical healthcare. 

On Independence Day, the president and first lady will host a picnic on the South Lawn of the White House for military families. 

A Gallup poll released in May showed Romney holding a strong edge among former military service members. The poll found Romney receiving the support of 58 percent of veteran registered voters to Obama's 34. Among male veterans, Romney held a bigger lead, 60 percent to 32.