Now, more than ever before, we need to find ways to take care of our veterans, especially those who’ve served and continue to serve on foreign soil.

President George Bush needs to approve a $1.2 billion emergency allotment to make up a shortfall in the Veterans Administration. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., is pushing for the money to shore up coverage of the medical treatment needs of veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as those from prior wars.

The shortfalls stem, in part, from the increased numbers of veterans returning from the Middle East. These veterans require specialized care that only the Department of Veterans Affairs can offer, according to Byrd, who was part of a bi-partisan effort in Congress to put aside the emergency funding.

Our veterans have laid everything on the line to go fight for this country. We can’t let them come home with medical needs that can’t be fully attended to because of a lack of money.

We can’t put all the funding into rebuilding Iraq and let our own people suffer. Our veterans deserve the very best we can give them.

Bush needs to support our military personnel and ensure that $1.2 billion is there for them.

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