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U-S Senate Candidate Claire McCaskill was in Springfield today to talk to about her proposal for a Military Bill of Rights. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.
Claire McCaskill is the state auditor and the likely democratic challenger to face the incumbent, Republican Jim Talent this November.
McCaskill laid out the details of her plan to a group of more than 40 people gathered at the VFW Post 963 in Springfield.
She says her plan includes providing troops with the equipment they need in dangerous situations, ensuring the families of soldiers are financially stable and improving healthcare for veterans.
She estimates the plan will cost 5 billion dollars.
She says funding for the plan would come from an aggressive examination of war profiteering.
McCaskill told the VFW group about an email a soldier sent his parents in Monett, asking them to buy tools from the local hardware store and send them to Iraq so he could equip his unit's vehicles with armor.
McCaskill says if Congress had not passed the recent tax cut, there would be more money for the military and for veterans.
When asked how she feels about the nomination of General Michael Hayden to head the Central Intelligence Agency, McCaskill says she wants to wait and hear his testimony before deciding whether or not she supports it.