2009-05-15 / Top Stories

Sanders Demands Better Veteran Care

Just one week after the new Chair of the Veterans Committee, Council Member James Sanders Jr., held a hearing regarding the quality of healthcare services for veterans, five service people were killed after a US soldier opened fire at a mental health clinic at a military base near Baghdad. The alleged shooter, a solider on his third time to a war zone, was being treated for combat stress at the clinic. While the circumstances surrounding the shooting are under investigation, the incident raises three concerns for Councilman Sanders. And these are: the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for soldiers and veterans, the number of deployments for soldiers and, finally, the need for the war itself.

"I offer my condolences to the families hard hit by this tragedy at Camp Liberty. Sadly, it reinforces the fact that there is an absolute need to improve upon the identification and treatment of PTSD and limit the number of deployments for soldiers to two terms in this war zone. And, after all is said and done, do we still need to be involved in two wars?" questioned Councilman Sanders.

As the new Chair of the Veterans Committee, Councilman Sanders is looking into ways that New York City can aid veterans with PTSD and bring attention to the effects of numerous deployments to war zones, as he is concerned about all veterans' issues.

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