posted on May, 1 2012 @ 10:03 PM
Actually, I took this to mean, unless you can provide for Louisiana veterans' needs, don't invite more veterans to the state. There are already
5o,ooo post-9/11 vets in LA, and while employment is good, homelessness is a problem.
Carson admits it will be difficult to get the returning veterans — about 51,000 veterans in Louisiana served in Iraq or Afghanistan — all
“It’s not a perfect system by any means,” Carson said, noting that Louisiana has more than 300,000 veterans. “That’s a big service area. But
we’ve come a long, long way,” he said.
Louisiana veterans face challenges readjusting to life after combat
He noted that veterans have been alerting the Baton Rouge Vet Center about former unit members committing suicide.
Even the LDVA recently spoke about the lack ofservices:
“As Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, I am extremely disappointed to learn of delays to the Lafayette and Lake Charles
VA health care clinics. I will be speaking with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki very soon to convey to him the importance
of these clinics to my fellow Louisiana Veterans with the hope of instilling in him a sense of urgency in continuing to move these projects forward
rather than backwards.”
I can think of a veteran who could take advantage of studying in LA with in-state tuition, but could he expect the same level of care for his medical
problems as he has here? That would be a major consideration for a move.