During his most recent to the Granite State, Barack Obama's campaign released the following statement:
At a town hall forum today in Conway, New Hampshire, Senator Barack Obama unveiled a proposal to meet the lifetime mental health needs of America's veterans. With cases of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) sharply on the rise, Obama outlined key improvements to mental health care to be implemented at each stage of military service.
"I believe strongly that there is a sacred trust between this country and those who serve it," Senator Obama said. "That trust begins the moment a service member signs on and lasts the duration of his or her life. We're falling far short in addressing the mental health care needs of these heroes, and that's inexcusable. I'm proposing a comprehensive approach to meeting the lifetime commitment we make to our service members."
To address this growing mental health crisis, Senator Obama proposed critical enhancements at every stage of military service: recruitment, deployment, and reentry into civilian life.