LANSING, MI (WTVB) - The interests of veterans in Branch County will be strongly served in Lansing over the next two years as Republican State Representative Ken Kurtz of Coldwater has been appointed to the House Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs. When Kurtz went to the State Capital to serve his first term four years ago, he also sat on the Veterans Affairs Committee.
Kurtz believes officials really have to step up their actions and reactions to the needs that are there for our service people. Kurtz says that unfortunately, Michigan has ranked right near the bottom in providing the funding and follow up for education and medical services.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Army is planning to boost soldiers' resilience to mental health problems, in an effort to fight a growing suicide rate. Army Secretary John McHugh says he's ordering officials to create detailed proposals to strengthen soldiers' "physical, emotional and psychological resilience" by February 15th. The military says there were a record number of suicides last year. Just under 350 soldiers were said to have taken their own lives. McHugh says he wants to eliminate the "stigma" of seeking mental health assistance and conceded there has been confusion and red tape with the resources available to help soldiers