Sangisetty Wants New G.I. Bill for All Veterans

September 24, 2010

“We can’t wait decades to start addressing the needs of our soldiers.” 27,121 Veterans in 3rd District in 2030

HOUMA, La. — Ravi Sangisetty, Democratic nominee for Congress in Louisiana’s Third District, said veterans of all wars deserve quality healthcare.

“Right now, it’s people my age and younger doing the fighting out there,” Sangisetty said. “But we have veterans from Operation Desert Storm, Vietnam, Korea and World War II living in this district. They have specific needs, and Washington is failing them. We need to make sure that whether they are just coming home or if they’ve been home for decades they are honored for their service.”

There are 38,443 veterans in the 3rd District today. The U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs projects there will be 31,894 in 2020 and 27,121 in 2030.

“It’s outrageous that the VA is just now reworking guidelines to treat Vietnam veterans who encountered Agent Orange,” Sangisetty said. “We can’t tolerate that kind of delay. One out of five veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We can’t wait decades to start addressing the needs of our soldiers.”

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