In the March 12 edition of the Redlands Community News, tea party spokesman John Berry accused our congressman Pete Aguilar of “attacking our military” when he introduced his “Shielding our Military from Extremists Act.”

In fact, Aguilar has made fighting for veterans one of his top priorities since taking office. He is helping to improve health care for Inland Empire veterans including cosponsoring the Women Veterans Access to Quality Care Act, which requires VA medical facilities to meet gender-specific health care needs of female veterans.

He also advocated support for the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program to assist homeless veterans.

Aguilar’s measure calls for the Secretary of Defense to adopt recommendations to “keep domestic extremists, namely white supremacists, out of the U.S. armed forces.“

Berry apparently doesn’t mind that 15% to 20% of the protesters who stormed our capital on Jan. 6 were retired military.

Instead of touting his parachute jumps and military service, shouldn’t he try to distance the tea party from those veterans who used flagpoles (including ones with stars and stripes on them) and pepper spray as weapons against the Capitol Police? Weren’t those actions attacking the military?

Berry seems to want the tea party to join him and march lockstep with the hate groups like the Proud Brothers and the Oath Keepers.

John Grimm, Redlands