SENATOR MENSCH SAYS STATE MUST PAY MORE ATTENTION TO ITS VETERANS
State Senator Bob Mensch, 24th District, spoke to the Council at its business meeting on 18 April 2012.
A Valley Forge Military Academy graduate, he served in the Army Reserve as a platoon sergeant of a heavy engineer equipment platoon during the Vietnam Era. Currently, among other committees, he serves on the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, headed by Senator Lisa Baker. He is on the only legislator in the valley to so serve on a veterans affairs related committee.
He began by stating he recognizes that the Vietnam War veterans often returned with unattended problems and with little due respect from their society. He has had buddies who suffer from Agent Orange diseases and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Consequently, he feels strongly we must do better by our veterans.
Things are significantly different now, he related, and we have learned to respect our troops, no matter our disagreements about the current war. Nonetheless, our state legislature is not doing as good a job as it should in helping to catch returning veterans who need help, particularly in the area of mental health and PTSD. (more…)