"...it's our responsibility to make sure they're cared for now that the mission is almost over," he said.
Copple noted that local veterans organizations, such as the American Legion, VFW and Disabled American Veterans, have been intensely lobbying for assistance to those veterans with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries. He also said that today's returning veteran deserves access to adequate health care.
He told the crowd how they could help.
"They have earned the right to be treated with dignity and respect," he said. "You can help make sure that happens by pushing America's leaders to do the right thing when it comes to America's veterans... We can never let up.
"We can't give up the fight and throw in the towel because our veterans never have," he said. "As grateful and patriotic citizens, it's the least we can do in return."
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