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Both Parties Court Missouri Veterans In Presidential Race

Both presidential candidates claim they are the best choice when it comes to veteran’s affairs. KSMU’s Kristian Kriner reports.
Former Congressman from Indiana Tim Roemer made a stop at the Veterans of Foreign Affairs Post 963 in Springfield Monday, to discuss Democrat Barack Obama’s policies regarding health care for veterans.

Roemer says Obama wants to help veterans in three different ways: combat veteran homelessness, ensure a seamless transition from war and create the 21st Century Veteran Affair Institution to take care of people in the military.

“Investing in our people, to avoid VA shortfalls that we make sure we are putting forward claims for PSD. That we improve care for traumatic brain injuries; we have not done enough in those areas,” Roemer said.

Roemer says McCain has voted against GI benefits in the past and Obama has always supported GI benefits.

On the flip side, local Republicans say John McCain offers better healthcare benefits for veterans.

Jack Jackson is the chairman of the McCain campaign in Missouri.

He says McCain will fully fund all veteran affairs and help them re-enter the workforce.

“Making sure they get the proper medical care, proper training to re-enter the workforce and also make sure that the veterans that have fought in previous wars have the promises that were made to them are kept," Jackson said.

Jackson says veterans will help McCain win the presidential race.

Both McCain and Obama have addressed mental health care for soldiers returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Monday’s visit by former congressman Roemer followed on the heels of Colin Powell, a former general, endorsing Obama over the weekend.

For KSMU News, I’m Kristian Kriner.