Sen. Durbin asks Senate for more help for veterans


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 and Afghanistan to work.


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.

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