WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin
says the best way to honor veterans is to make sure they have jobs and the
mental health care they need when they come home.
In a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday, Durbin urged his colleagues to
pass two pieces of legislation to help veterans and their families.
One bill would improve the Department of Veterans Affairs' suicide
prevention, counseling and mental health services.
A separate piece of legislation, the Veterans Job Corps Act, would help
put thousands of veterans of the wars in Iraq
Durbin says that while the national unemployment rate is now below 8
percent, the rate for post-9/11 veterans is 10 percent. He says the VA
estimates 18 veterans commit suicide each day.