Sangisetty Calls for New G.I. Bill 38,443 Veterans in 3rd District

September 20, 2010

“I want to do better by the next generation of veterans than Washington did for the last.”

HOUMA, La. — Ravi Sangisetty, Democratic nominee for Congress in Louisiana’s Third District, said his first priority in Congress will be to draft and sponsor a new G.I. Bill.

“We must stand up for the soldiers who protect our freedoms,” Sangisetty said. “Our men and women in uniform deserve to come home to good jobs and quality healthcare.”

Sangisetty said the future is bleak for returning veterans. Over 21 percent of young veterans are unemployed and one in five return from war suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

“It’s people my age and younger doing the fighting out there,” Sangisetty said. “I want to do better by the next generation of veterans than Washington did for the last.”

The numbers for veterans in this country are staggering, Sangisetty said. Eighteen veterans commit suicide every day, five of which are receiving treatment from Veterans Affairs, and veterans make up 23 percent of the homeless population.

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