Democrat Chair of Veterans Committee Urges Help to Veterans

Rep. Bob Finer, Chair of the House Veterans Committee, told the American Legion convention America must do better for Iraq veterans than was done for Vietnam vets. He urged re-opening many closed camps and transforming them in “Heroes Welcoming Camps” where returning Iraq/Afghanistan veterans could remain for a few months with their families getting readjusted to life at home. The “decompression” time would be part of their active service, but would provide a breather from stress. Counseling could be available to veterans and family members.

He also apologized to those who served in Vietnam saying, “we let you down” as a society and it was important not to repeat that mistake with current veterans of the Iraq war.