President Bush has consistently failed to support our troops who return home. Letting down our veterans may be the most shameful legacy of those like Bush, Cheney, and Shays who sent our troops so recklessly into a poorly-planned war.
I support full funding of the Veteran's Administration budget so that every qualified veteran will have access to quality medical care, including mental health and rehabilitation care, for life. We must do a much better job of re-integrating combat veterans into the community when they return from battle, including access to housing and programs to assist with obtaining civilian employment. We must implement and fully fund comprehensive screenings for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, depression, and other illnesses for all veterans who return from battle.