Volunteers across America: Nebraska

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My name is Eugene Browning. I was in the U.S. Army for seven years, and was a paratrooper during the Korean War. I'm 84 years old, and I'm dedicating the rest of my life to Democratic causes like President Obama's campaign here in Omaha.

During Barack Obama's first campaign, I made telephone calls six days a week. This time around, I haven't been able to make as many phone calls, but I've been writing all kinds of letters to the editor.

The state of Nebraska is very conservative, which can be frustrating. Currently the worst thing I'm seeing is their attitude about women's rights—I just can't stand still for that. So I'm doing everything I can to support the candidate who is working to help average people like me—the one who knows that health care should never be something only the wealthiest Americans can afford, and people who are out there working hard should get paid a fair wage.

I recently helped out at a rally by passing out an information sheet about President Obama's top 50 accomplishments—there are so many. He's done so much that he doesn't have time to stop and publicize it; that's where we come in. I love getting the word out about health care reform, student loan reform, and tightening the rules on Wall Street and the financial industry. During the recession, he helped states keep teachers, firefighters, and police officers on the job, and helped repair sidewalks and roads all over the country. I'm always happy when I can get out there and explain the situation to people.

That's where you'll find me for the next six months: making more phone calls, doing whatever needs to be done. I just hope everybody stays on the same page and doesn't relax. We need to keep our heads down from here to November, because we can't afford to lose all of the progress we've made.

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