- Cape man gets 8 years for robbery, his first offense (12/7/16)8
- Post-election taunts reported at Jackson schools (12/2/16)28
- Abuse suspect tries to take cop's gun; officer zaps him with Taser and punches his face (12/7/16)3
- Man sentenced to 103 years for murder of Cape woman (12/6/16)4
- Cape may allow residents to keep chickens; residents at meeting push for measure (12/6/16)33
- Burglary suspect apprehended inside Jackson garage (12/4/16)
- Poplar Bluff man accused of enticement, child porn in Scott County sting operation (12/4/16)
- Group seeks to create a neighborhood park on Cape Girardeau's south side (12/7/16)14
- Lt. Gov. Kinder weighs in on Trump's win, his future plans (12/4/16)13
- Cape police warn of 'Grandparent Scam' (12/4/16)
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