I am proud to be your Democratic nominee for the November election!

I am proud to be your Democratic nominee for the November election!

I am proud to be your Democratic nominee for the November election!

I am proud to be your Democratic nominee for the November election!

I am proud to be your Democratic nominee for the November election!

Joe being sworn in to the U.S. Army by his father, Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Yetter II. September 5, 1968.

I am a proud veteran.

When I was six months old, Mom took me to Japan to be with Dad and the Army of Occupation from 1947-1948. The Army moved us around a lot during Dad's long military career: Japan, Maryland, Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Germany, and Indiana. I got to learn a lot about the world, including Soviet threats: in the late 1950s-early 1960 in Germany, Dad spent most of his time planning on how to kill Soviet tanks rolling through the Fulda Gap, and Mom prepared my brother and me for what to do when the tanks and bombs came. When our ship passed by the Statue of Liberty the night we returned home to America, all of us wept.

 

We lived in Texas and in Louisiana during some of the darkest days of segregation, and I saw the contrast between the bitter racism outside the gates, and the relative, though imperfect, equality inside. I think I learned a bit about justice and equality. Thank you, President Truman!

I joined the United States Army to defend my country: I put up my right hand on September 5, 1968. I swore to defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies, foreign and domestic. That oath remains in effect. In my service on three continents, I worked with America's allies, including commanding the hospital at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, and I participated in joint operations in Thailand.

Joe Yetter congratulated by his father in photo from 1968

About Joe

My entire professional life has been about service to others: to our nation, to the sick, to students and to my neighbors.

I am a proud physician and teacher.

I went to medical school to save lives. I took the Hippocratic oath that obliged me to serve other people to the best of my ability, without regard to my own self-interest. I was privileged to serve civilians and military people around the world. I tended the wounds of war, delivered babies, and provided comfort to the dying. I saw, up close and personal, the bloody costs of war, and I vow that our nation must use war only as the last possible resort. War and peace are the gravest responsibilities of Congress. Caring for veterans is a sacred duty.

I taught hundreds of younger medical people in multiple medical specialties, touching eternity as only a teacher can. I directed a residency program, a faculty development fellowship program, and was part of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

I am a very modest farmer.

My efforts at small-scale farming taught me the difficulty of making a financial success of a small farm, of the challenges of water rights, weather, and the vagaries of markets.  Actually, these were lessons that I learned as a teen-age farm-hand, bucking hay and putting up tobacco for fifty cents an hour.

I love producing healthful food for neighbors and friends. But I never achieved the $0.50/hour again.

I am a writer.

I have a half-dozen deservedly unpublished novels in the closet, but I am very proud of my two children's books, Once Upon a Time, a Child, and Once Upon a Time, a Child: Yusef's Story. All proceeds from all past sales have been donated to charities that protect children, the environment, and people in Sudan/South Sudan.

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I am proud to be your Democratic nominee for the November election!