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Abbott And Davis Talk Veteran Issues At Tarrant County Stops

Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies
TPR News
Both Abbott and Davis were on the campaign trail on Veteran's Day, talking about how they would make a difference in the lives of military veterans in Texas.

With military veterans at the front of everyone's mind this time of year, the frontrunners in the 2014 race for governor both say they would do more to better the lives of Texas veterans.

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth and Attorney General Greg Abbott spent Veteran’s Day in Tarrant County, Davis joining the Fort Worth Veterans Day parade and Abbott at a Tarrant County Tea Party rally.

Davis served on the Senate Veteran Affairs and Military Installations committee for the past six years and said she’s made veterans a focus of her campaign:

"Because I’ve seen that our veterans are returning and not realizing the promise that we should be delivering upon," Davis said. "Making sure that they have the opportunity to return to a good job, making sure that they have the opportunity to adequate physical and mental health services."

Davis said she recently met with service providers in El Paso who need funding to provide veterans with emergency housing -- she said the largest population of homeless men and women are veterans. 

When asked about addressing veterans issues as governor, Abbott said:

"The best way help honor people like my brother, who served in the United States military for 20 years, is to do all we can do to support them," Abbott said.

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