January 24, 2008
Americus -- Veterans groups are praising a big increase in money for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Last week, President Bush signed a bill that includes $3.7 billion in emergency money for the VA.
Tonight in Americus, the National Commander of the American Legion talked about that and other important veterans issues.
Martin Conatser is on a tour through Georgia updating local American Legion posts on those issues.
He says he hopes the next president will make supporting the troops a top priority.
"We want the candidates to address the benefits for our active duty soldiers, the activated guard and reserve soldiers. If a deployed soldier spends time in a combat zone, he ought to get the same GI bill that an active duty soldier serving that same time in a combat zone ought to get," said Martin Conatser, American Legion National Commander.
The American Legion is the country's largest veterans service organization.
It has 15, 000 posts and 2.7 million members.
For more information on the American Legion, go to www.legion.org.