Bill proposed to help Veterans

By Mary Williams

November 13, 2012 Updated Nov 14, 2012 at 10:58 AM CDT

WASHINGTON, DC -- They risk their lives every day for our freedom, but veterans too often find themselves unemployed when they get home.

US Senator Dick Durbin helped create the Veteran Affairs Family Caregiver Program, which includes over 5,000 families nationwide, of those, more than 130 in Illinois.

He is now calling on the Senate to pass the Mental Health ACCESS Act.

The bill would improve the Department of VA counseling, suicide prevention, and mental health staffing, as well as extend service eligibility to family members.

Durbin spoke on the Senate Floor on Tuesday calling attention to the 1 percent - not the wealthy but the Americans who fight to defend us.

"We also need to step forward as well,” said Durbin. “And make sure that we go beyond welcoming home parades for Veteran's, and find them a job. Parades are just fine. But if you really want to support a Veteran, hire that Veteran. Give that Veteran a job."

Durbin added that America's military is the best trained, best educated military in the history of the world.

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