Lawmaker: McCain Killed Soldier Counseling

Measure sought to provide Reserve soldiers with more help
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Suggested by Comm_of_Common_Sense
Posted Dec 22, 2010 12:39 PM CST
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., gets in an elevator as he leaves the Senate floor during a rare Sunday session on Capitol Hill in Washington Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – Prompted by the suicide of a young soldier, a Democratic representative tried to pass legislation to get more counseling and resources to Reserve members—and he blames John McCain for quashing it. “I know for a fact, because he told me, that Sen. McCain doesn't support it,” New Jersey's Rush Holt tells the Huffington Post. He says McCain, the lead GOP negotiator, told him it was "overreaching."

Although a spokesperson for McCain says Holt is skewing the truth, the soldier's father wrote an essay blasting McCain, who he said "has dined out for decades as an 'advocate' for veterans," notes HuffPo. The measure would require “a counseling call from properly trained personnel not less than once every 90 days” for Reserve members who’d finished a tour of duty in Iraq or Afghanistan. Click here for more.
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