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Just one day after Memorial Day, US Senator Claire McCaskill was in Springfield to meet with veterans. KSMU’s Chasity Mayes reports on what local veterans had to say to McCaskill.
Senator Claire McCaskill ended her first day of veterans' town hall forums in Springfield. Veterans of all ages joined McCaskill at American Legion Post 69 to discuss their concerns and receive feedback. A majority of the questions involved healthcare. McCaskill says the government ought to provide quality healthcare to vets.“This is about keeping our word to veterans who were told they would get something. They were told when they were asked to fight in World War II that they would get medical care. They were told when they were drafted in Vietnam they would get medical care. And so, making sure that the veterans get what they were told they were going to get, to me, is a very very important promise to keep,” says McCaskill. McCaskill says she does these forums to ensure that veterans receive the care and treatment they deserve. Other concerns shared by veterans included better access to mental health services, an increase in suicide rates among veterans, and the hope of getting a veteran’s hospital in Springfield.Today, McCaskill will wrap up her veterans forums with stops in Smithville, St. Joseph, and Columbia. For KSMU News, I’m Chasity Mayes.