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7:55 am
Fri June 24, 2011

Udall Pushes Legislation To Help Military Veterans

New Mexico – SILVER CITY, N.M. (KRWG) Military veterans in southern New Mexico who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury would have better access to medical care from specialists under legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. Tom Udall.

The New Mexico Democrat introduced the legislation Thursday. It is being co-sponsored by fellow Democrat U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico.

The bill calls for a report by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on the feasibility of a new trauma rehabilitation center or network site in southern New Mexico.

It also asks the agency to examine whether the old Ft. Bayard medical center in Silver City would be a good fit for the center.

Udall says veterans who have risked their lives for the country deserve convenient access to care when they return home.

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