A veterans group that has repeatedly slammed Bay State U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren for jumping to the defense of immigrants at the expense of improving services for veterans has rescinded her invitation to a rally later this month.

“If you don’t want to respond, you don’t want to support, we asked you to come to our rally, our message to you is stay home, we don’t want you,” said John MacDonald, of Veterans Assisting Veterans.

“I think that really demonstrates where her heart is. To me, it’s really, really frustrating, and our group is really frustrated,” MacDonald said.

The vets group is planning to hold the rally and a fundraiser Aug. 26 in Lowell. MacDonald said both Warren and Republican challenger Geoff Diehl were invited, but Warren’s office never responded. Diehl will be there, MacDonald said.

“It doesn’t seem like veterans or Massachusetts are a priority to her,” he said. “All veterans should feel obligated to speak out when somebody who should be representing us, should be speaking out, has not.”

Warren’s office did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Earlier this year, MacDonald and his group wrote an open letter to Warren, published in the Herald, asking why she had not thrown her support behind veterans issues with the same gusto as she has spoken out on immigration issues.

“There’s too much at stake, veterans have been promised benefits and they have been promised really a lot and the government doesn’t always come through on that,” MacDonald said yesterday. “We need advocates, and we shouldn’t have to fight this hard.”

Warren eventually responded to the letter, telling MacDonald she hoped they could work together on veterans issues despite their differences in opinion.

“I wasn’t too impressed, it’s four pages of a letter that didn’t address any of the concerns we had originally opposed,” MacDonald said. “She’s saying that things need to be done, but what is she doing?”


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