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Clinton v. Obama,
Veterans Version

The tit-for-tat between Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama has expanded to new territory:
veterans benefits.

This week, the "Commission on Care of America's Wounded Warriors" issued recommendations for improving treatment for veterans who return injured from the front. Clinton and Obama responded the way members of Congress often do to government reports - with legislative language.

Clinton's proposal, circulated among her colleagues on Thursday morning, would amend the Family and Medical Leave Act -- one of the first major bills of her husband's presidency -- to allow up to six months leave for eligible relatives of service members with combat-related injuries. "Our servicemen and women need an extension of FMLA benefits to accomodate the demands these famililes are facing as they try to care for their loved ones," read an email seeking other senators' support.

Meanwhile, Obama passed around his own pitch, providing a full year of job protection. And, as an email from Obama's Senate office points out, "unlike FMLA, which only covers spouses, parents, and children, the Military
Family Job Protection Act covers siblings who are caring for recovering service members."

As a bonus, "because the Military Family Job Protection Act does not modify FMLA in any way, the 12
workweeks of leave entitled under FMLA would still be available to family members." Six senators so far have
co-sponsored the Obama bill.

--Shailagh Murray

By Post Editor  |  July 27, 2007; 11:46 AM ET
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It is not any ideology that Clinton offers ultimately. It is political instinct coupled with machinery.
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Posted by: rahman22 | August 17, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

We will all be much better off when Senator Obama is inaugurated President of the United States in January 2009.

The country will finally be in good hands. The American people will finally be treated with the RESPECT we deserve from our government.

I long for that beautiful sunny day in January 2009 when I can say to my family and friends:

We're going to be okay now because President Obama is at the helm.

Watch dishonest Hillary in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyqAR4lJCmw

Posted by: ItsTimeToTurnThePage | July 28, 2007 12:22 PM | Report abuse

We will all be much better off when Senator Obama is inaugurated President of the United States in January 2009.

The country will finally be in good hands. The American people will finally be treated with the RESPECT we deserve from our government.

I long for that beautiful sunny day in January 2009 when I can say to my family and friends:

We're going to be okay now because President Obama is at the helm.

Posted by: ItsTimeToTurnThePage | July 28, 2007 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Barack Obama's Bills:
(notice Baracks ability to work across party lines to GET BILLS PASSED)

Sheltering and Rehabilitating Homeless Veterans.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) estimates that one in three homeless adult males is a veteran. A total of 400,000 vets experience homelessness over the course of the year. Senator Obama authored legislation to extend and expand critically important programs to stop homelessness among American veterans. Working with Senators Daniel Akaka (D-HI) and Larry Craig (R-ID), he passed legislation to provide comprehensive services and affordable housing options to veterans through the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Housing and Urban Development and community organizations.

Feeding Recovering Wounded Veterans.

Senator Obama introduced an amendment that became law providing food services to wounded service members receiving physical therapy or rehabilitation services at military hospitals. Previously, service members recovering in a military hospital for more than 90 days were required to pay for their own meals.

Treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

In 2005, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced it would contact veterans with severe PTSD and ask them to prove that they deserved their disability payments. This review of disability claims was highly disruptive to veterans still suffering serious health effects from their military service. Senator Obama fought this review. He and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) passed legislation to limit it and helped publicly pressure the agency to finally abandon the effort in November of 2005.

Senator Obama also worked with Senator Bill Frist (R-TN) to pass an amendment ensuring that all service members returning from Iraq are properly screened for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). TBI is being called the signature injury of the Iraq war. The blast from improvised explosive devices can jar the brain, causing bruising or permanent damage. Concussions can have huge health effects including slowed thinking, headaches, memory loss, sleep disturbance, attention and concentration deficits, and irritability.

Easing the Transition of New Veterans into Society

In September 2006, Senator Obama introduced the Lane Evans Veterans Health and Benefits Improvement Act, which would help veterans transition from the Pentagon health system to the VA system by extending the window in which new veterans can get mental health care from two years to five years. The Lane Evans bill would improve transition services for members of the National Guard and Reserves. It also would require the VA and the Department of Defense to work together to track new veterans entering the VA for better budget planning and monitoring of emerging health trends.

Senator Obama passed an amendment that became law requiring the Defense Department to report to Congress on the delayed development of an electronic medical records system compatible with the VA's electronic medical records system. DOD's delay in developing such a system has created obstacles for service members transitioning into the VA health care system.

Posted by: DANIELLECLARKE | July 28, 2007 9:29 AM | Report abuse

I guess the Vet's do need to thank Hillary for sending them to war in the first place.

Posted by: sp_kies | July 27, 2007 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Once again another sharp distinction between the OLD and NEW.

I suggest everyone email the video on the following link to friends, relatives, news editors, pundits, etc:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyqAR4lJCmw

Posted by: zrarieh | July 27, 2007 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Our Vets need Hillary's experience and determination. Who is Obama. Can you imagine voting for such a naive person. His coatails aren't tucked in yet

Posted by: peterluzg | July 27, 2007 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama's the one! He alone has a combination of intelligence, charisma, awarenes, intuitiveness to bring this country what we need. Change!

Posted by: joan | July 27, 2007 3:42 PM | Report abuse

You all need to see this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyqAR4lJCmw

Posted by: sheguno | July 27, 2007 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Over the next 6 month, we all need to ask our friends who they're voting for, and ask them if they've heard of Obama. He has a great mind, heart, and the ability to inspire. I believe that he alone has the ability to bring us genuine change.

Posted by: markdmorris | July 27, 2007 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Obama's really gets it with our Vet's needs. His guts, common sense and compassion combine again to find a creative solution that can really make a difference in their lives. His insights on everthing from mental health concerns to family support are brilliant. Hillary presents more of the same old incremental approach building on the previous same old incremental approach which will change little and help even less.

Posted by: vitaletti101 | July 27, 2007 2:10 PM | Report abuse

In your face hillary. She has the typical stale washington outlook to issues while obama has a fresh take on things. More evidence that of what type of president he would make.

Posted by: jmuchun5538 | July 27, 2007 1:03 PM | Report abuse

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