"Access" Is Key Word In Veterans' Talk With Hillary Clinton In Reno

Jun 19, 2015

Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to a packed VFW in Reno on June 18, 2015.

After speaking to Latino leaders in Las Vegas Thursday, Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton stopped in Reno to talk about veterans issues. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

Instead of giving a formal speech, Clinton held a roundtable at a VFW in Reno with local panelists who voiced their concerns for veterans in Nevada.

"I think that there are two words that should never be in the same sentence," said Democratic State Senator Pat Spearman, "and that's 'homeless veteran.'"

David Perez, who leads the Northern Nevada Veterans Resource Center in Carson City, also brought up the difficulty that rural veterans have with receiving the healthcare they're entitled to.

"Here within in Reno, Nevada, we have a world-class VA Hospital," said Perez. "I think we can all agree on that, but the problem a lot of Northern Nevadans have is they don't all live in Reno. We need to advocate for the veterans who like in Winnemucca, who live in Gardnerville, who live in Elko." 

During the event, Clinton stressed the importance of improving access for veterans to everything from job opportunities to  substance abuse treatment to specialized healthcare:

"We have to expand and strengthen access to the VA's world-class expertise on PTSD and traumatic brain injury and prosthetics." 

This week, Reno also had visits from George P. Bush, the son of Republican Candidate Jeb Bush, along with Republican Dr. Ben Carson who suggested big changes for America's tax code and more leadership from the U.S. in international affairs.