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Senator Sets Out On Holiday Week Listening Tour

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It's a week for celebrating, and, for Senator Heidi Heitkamp, it's also a week for listening.

The Senator is touring North Dakota to hear Veterans out about their concerns from healthcare to legislation.  At the end of her tour, she'll be taking it all back to Washington.

"The biggest theme is mental health.  What are we going to do to get mental health services?  How will that work?  Is telemedicine the answer?  Can we count on that to really prevent the suicides and to be most responsive.  So we're here.  It's important that the officials from the VA hear exactly what they heard this morning," says Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND).

Vets are also concerned about sequestration and whether the Federal budget will honor the commitments made to service men and women.  However, they also want to ensure younger Vets are brought into the fold of service organizations.  They say they can provide support after service, but it's important to keep their numbers up for another reason. 

"When Congress starts talking about cuts in our benefits, if we have a strong membership drive that really supports up there with Congress," notes Robert Olzweski, Trustee, Bismarck Amvets Post 9, and Purple Heart Recipient.

Senator Heitkamp's next Veterans' Roundtable is tomorrow in Devils Lake at Lake Region State College.  It gets underway at 10:00 a.m.


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