- Updated: Pedestrian killed during traffic collision on I-55 (10/21/16)4
- Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter faces challenge from criminal investigator Wes Drury (10/21/16)8
- Shooting injures two people in Cape early Tuesday (10/19/16)34
- 18-year-old killed in one-car crash Thursday morning (10/21/16)1
- Man arrested after dispute at school spurs brief lockdown (10/21/16)6
- Perry County: A great place to find home away from home (10/14/16)
- 'I feel for them' (10/20/16)1
- Tours provide a glimpse of Cape Girardeau's supposedly haunted past (10/17/16)1
- Benton man accused of statutory rape, selling pot (10/20/16)1
- Crews are working on the new Drury Hotel (10/21/16)1
Veterans' care is a top priority
To the editor: I agree with the June 11 editorial "Caring for veterans" suggesting that more ought to be done at the federal level to provide the benefits and care our veterans have earned.
I agree that the Department of Veterans Affairs provides critical medical care to our veterans throughout the country. A study by my staff of all 22 Missouri VA facilities indicated the facilities are in great shape and our veterans are receiving top-notch care.
The complaints we heard during the study were related to the challenges in obtaining the benefits veterans desperately need to receive adequate health care. Thus, I also agree with the editorial's assessment that the problem lies within the federal system? a system lawmakers like me can work to change.
That's why I don't agree with the suggestion that traveling around the state to listen to our Missouri veterans discuss the challenges they face with VA was not a valuable venture.
In fact, I argue that not enough lawmakers are looking to our veterans to develop the policies that will affect them. I believe the hundreds of veterans I met, including veterans in Kennett, Poplar Bluff and Cape Girardeau, would agree that's how we got so far off track in the first place: not enough people are listening to them.
As I sit in the Armed Services Committee working on the Dignified Treatment of Wounded Warriors bill, I will have a strong voice filled with the echoes of those veterans. I will work as hard as I know how to improve this bill and the VA system by doing what I was sent to Washington to do: represent Missourians.
CLAIRE McCASKILL, U.S. Senator, Washington