Missouri’s US Senate candidates meet with veterans in St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - Military veterans took top priority in the race for Missouri's next U.S. Senator Wednesday. Political polls show it is a tight race between the major party candidates for U.S. Senate. Today they were seeking votes from military veterans, and asking the vets what needs to be changed.

Democrat Jason Kander, Missouri's Current Secretary of State, is challenging incumbent Republican Roy Blunt who is asking voters to re-elect him.

Blunt, who got legislation to expand mental health care approved, met with veterans in Overland. among their main concerns, how to mentor returning service members to help them avoid suicide.

Jason Kander talked to a group of veterans in south St. LOuis where they reported a mixed experience with the VA health care system. He is promising to bring his recent experience as an Army Intelligence Officer to Congress.

"The people doing the oversight, Congress; they don`t really have the experience of being on the receiving end of these policies. It is why it is so important that we have more veterans in congress, but it also speaks to the fact that the burden is put on veterans to navigate the system themselves, without making the system more user-friendly," said U.S. Senate Candidate Jason Kander.

"I certainly honor his military service I think if you look at the kinds of issues I`ve been involved in in Congress and the success we`ve had in getting things changed for veterans . The Missouri VFW has given one politician in the history of the VFW their lifetime service award and that was me," said U.S. Senate Candidate Roy Blunt.