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Vets React to Government Plans to Build at Walla Walla Veterans Medical Center

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Tri-Cities -- Reaction is coming in on plans to bring new aid to soldiers and Marines in the Northwest.

65-hundred vets in three states use the Veterans Medical Center in Walla Walla.   The government yesterday announced it'll build a residential facility focusing on mental health, and another for outpatient care in Walla Walla.  

Some veterans have voiced skepticism that the government would ever complete their plans.  Others, like John Butterfield of Richland said Wednesday that he is certain it will, even if it's for less than altruistic reasons:

"They'll find the money, I am sure, because if somebody wants to make it a political football, they will.  And at this point in our history, to offend the veterans, to say something and not follow through, that would be political suicide."

Bob Johnson, who heads Point Man Ministries, an advocacy group for veterans and conducts regular meetings for those suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder said it's vital that the government, and the general population take responsibility for those returning from the battlefield. 

"The warrior is doing his job.  He's been called by his country to put his life on the line, and we need to take care of them after the fact."

20 percent of the veterans enrolled with V.A. have a mental health diagnosis.  

For more information, contact ruth.johnson@kndu.com

  

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