Week in Review
It’s been another busy week here as Cate Edwards and Kate Michelman finished up their NH campaign swing last Saturday. Senator Edwards was here Monday and Tuesday for Graniteroots campaign events across the state, including a meeting at the Concord VFW on Veterans Day when he proposed a bold new plan to help veterans with PTSD. We were honored to have Former Army Captain Drew Sloan join Senator Edwards on Veterans Day and share his inspirational story and the reasons he’s supporting John Edwards for President. On Tuesday, Edwards did Grand Rounds at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and unveiled a new plan to expand the Family Medical Leave Act, met with the editorial board of the Valley News, and stopped at the Red Arrow Diner in Manchester before two last Graniteroots town hall events.
We’re working hard again this weekend as Mrs. Edwards is here today and tomorrow to visit the YDA Convention in Manchester and attend Graniteroots events across the state.
On Veterans Day, John Edwards Proposes Bold New Plan to Help Veterans with PTSD
Concord Monitor - Edwards emphasizes treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder
The former North Carolina senator held a roundtable discussion at the Concord VFW on Court Street yesterday afternoon after announcing his proposal for veterans health care in Plymouth earlier that morning.
"Is America, is the (Department of Veterans Affairs), is the government going to be there to meet the sacred responsibility to the men and women who have worn the uniform for the United States of America?" Edwards said. "It is a moral responsibility facing this country."
Edwards said he would put $400 million toward improving the veterans health care system, particularly in dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder. He pledged to eliminate the backlog of PTSD claims by Memorial Day 2009. He also said he would improve training for professionals in identifying and treating PTSD and would lengthen the time that servicemen and women spend at home between tours of duty.
Laconia Citizen - Edwards focuses on veterans’ issues
Drew Sloan choked back tears as he spoke about how his time as an Army captain was over but his responsibilities at home were not.
Sloan, a West Point graduate who was not only seriously injured in a Humvee accident in Afghanistan but who returned to combat in Iraq 18 months later, joined presidential hopeful former Sen. John Edwards at Plymouth State University to endorse his five-point plan to improve veteran's care.
"He represents in so many ways what our country is capable of, what our people are like," said Edwards taking the stage in a standing-room only crowd at the Hartman Union Building Monday afternoon.
Portsmouth Herald - Help for ailing veterans
PLYMOUTH (AP) — Presidential contender John Edwards introduced a $400 million plan Monday to help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, including those recently returned from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Under Edwards' plan, veterans could seek counseling for post-traumatic stress disorder outside the Veterans Health Administration system; the number of counselors would increase; and family members would be employed to identify cases of PTSD.
We were honored to have Former Army Captain Drew Sloan join Senator Edwards on Veterans Day and share his inspirational story and the reasons he’s supporting John Edwards for President.
Edwards Campaigns Throughout New Hampshire
Nashua Telegraph - Edwards firm on health care
MILFORD - John Edwards said Tuesday that if elected president, he will challenge Congress to pass a bill for universal health care by July 2009. If it doesn't, he will do everything in his power to take away members' health care.
The statement drew a large round of applause from the standing-room-only crowd of more than 200 people that came to see Edwards speak in a public, town hall-style forum at the Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley.
Edwards Proposes Expansion of Family Medical Leave Act
Union Leader - Edwards proposes $2B family leave plan
When it comes to helping parents take time off from work, Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards is raising the stakes.
The former North Carolina senator on Tuesday proposed spending $2 billion a year to help states create family leave programs that offer workers at least eight weeks of paid time off to care for a newborn or ill family member. The proposal is similar to those offered by his rivals, but Edwards would put up more money - New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's plan calls for $1 billion a year; Illinois Sen. Barack Obama proposes $1.5 billion.
Edwards Meets with the Valley News Editorial Board
Valley News - Edwards the outsider – calls himself clear choice over front-runner Hillary Clinton
Lebanon -- Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards yesterday defended his recent criticism of rival Hillary Clinton, saying his differences with her on such issues as Iraq and Iran are greater than those with fellow candidate Barack Obama.
“I believe that there are real choices in this election, and I believe the more significant differences are between myself and Senator Clinton,” Edwards told reporters after a health-care policy speech at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. “She continues to defend a system in Washington that is broken -- the status quo. I think it desperately needs to be changed so that it works for everybody. It's corrupt and broken and rigged, in myjudgment.”
The Week Ahead
Elizabeth Edwards joins us in NH today and tomorrow for some Graniteroots campaigning. She’ll be meeting with the NHDP at their Winter Conference, talking with the Young Democrats, and attending house parties and town halls across the state.