Veterans Party of America
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|Veterans' Party of America|
|Founded||December 19, 2013|
|Politics of the United States
The first attempt at the Veterans' Party of America was a political party based in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA.
The VPA fielded a few candidates in 2003, including a US Senate candidate in Florida. However, they have attracted limited electoral success, and bitter in-fighting caused the party to split into two rival factions in 2006. In August 2008, the VPA officially ceded its membership and ideology to the Modern Whig Party due to that organization's relatively large military membership totaling at the time about 10,000 people, 6,500 of which were affiliated with the military.
Recently a new Veterans' Party of America was formed by a group of Veterans in December, 2013 after the United States Senate approved a new budget deal that included cuts to military member's benefits. With their concentration mainly on taking offices held by Republicans and Democrats who have violated their oaths of office, the VPA is currently growing in support among Veterans, families of Veterans, and friends of Veterans. Within the first 2 months of activity on Facebook, the party has amassed a following of almost 20,000 likes, 46 states have been activated with their own chapters of the VPA, and federal recognized party status received.
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