Opening the Veterans Sanctuary in Lehigh Valley
Yesterday, I joined two hundred Lehigh Valley community members for the opening ceremony of Veterans Sanctuary, a 32 bed facility which aims to provide mental health support and physical therapy to veterans returning from combat. The sanctuary will help heal the many veterans who served our country and whose lives bear the special burden of combat stress. Its approach focuses on supporting both veterans and their families, so the whole family can heal together.
Given the impact the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has had on the nation’s armed forces, places like the Veterans Sanctuary are more and more necessary. It is hard to quantify the need for such facilities, which benefit the whole community. At the ceremony, I renewed my commitment to work for service members and their families. We must ensure that spending cuts – a popular Republican talking point – don’t erase or diminish benefits or programs for veterans.