As Missourians prepare to honor our fallen service members this Memorial Day weekend, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today talked with leaders from Missouri's veteran community about issues facing veterans today. McCaskill thanked them for their continued work improving the lives of veterans. She also offered a briefing of recent accomplishments of key veteran's funding measures in Congress and she notified them of upcoming veteran's town halls she will host across the state.
"As we prepare for Memorial Day, I want to thank you for your service and not just the service you gave to our nation, but the service you continue to give in running these organizations and interacting on a daily basis with the best that Missouri has to offer and that's our veteran community," McCaskill said on the call. "This is really about hearing from our veterans and making sure that I connect with the veteran's community in a way that is meaningful."
During the call, McCaskill discussed with the veterans' group leaders issues impacting Missouri's veterans, including the rise in mental health issues for our younger service members returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. McCaskill has worked on this issue tirelessly and shared with the leaders her initiatives as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee to bring better and more accessible mental health care to our military and their families. Additionally, she praised the leadership of the veterans' organizations in shedding light on the fact that veterans in more rural areas do not have access to the type of care as those in more urban areas. While in the Senate, she has passed a raise in the mileage reimbursement for rural veterans who travel to get health care and she vowed to continue to work in bringing an equal and affordable level of care to veterans in all areas of Missouri.