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Kerry calls for 40,000 new troops, more help for military fa

Feb 14, 2005 7:58AM PST

BOSTON - Sen. John Kerry [related, bio] called for tens of thousands of new US troops on Monday and said the country should adopt a series of initiatives to support military families.

Kerry said he plans to file legislation to increase the size of the military by 40,000 - 30,000 in the Army and 10,000 in the Marines - to help support the country's efforts in Iraq and the larger war on terrorism.

He also said the country needs to do more to help families of those serving in the military, from boosting death benefits to extending psychiatric care to veterans returning from Iraq.

``The war in Iraq proved that a lightening-fast, high-tech force can smash an opposing army and drive to Baghdad in three weeks. But there is no substitute for a well-trained and equipped infantry to win the peace,'' Kerry said in remarks prepared for delivery Monday at an annual ceremony sponsored by the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester.

One program being pushed by Kerry would allow families of veterans killed in combat to remain in military housing for up to year. Currently, families must move out of the housing after 180 days.

The Massachusetts Democrat also said the country needs to do more to support businesses whose employees are called up for service. He is pushing a small business tax credit for businesses who make up the difference in lost wages for reservists.

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wonder if he will change his mindGrin

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So he voted to authorize the war because...
Feb 15, 2005 6:44AM PST

he did't think it was going to happen. Big Difference. I guess the only thin that always holds true is that he just doesn't think.

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What is interesting is that...
Feb 15, 2005 5:50AM PST

Congress has ALREADY provided authority for exactly those numbers through 2009. Kerry is lookig for credit AFTER THE FACT. (The authorization was passed while Kerry and Edwards were not attending sessions and not representing their constituents.)

As for increasing various benefits INCLUDING death benefits, AGAIN congress has already done so without his help--matter of fact he voted AGAINST most.

Kerry's Congressional carreer STILL has nothing he can point to as something worthwhile that he initiated or was even in on the ground floor for.

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(NT) (NT) but but ed he voted for it lol :)
Feb 15, 2005 6:03AM PST
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Like I said...
Feb 15, 2005 6:51AM PST

he just doesn't think.

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Actually he does think...
Feb 15, 2005 7:08AM PST

he has surrounded himself with the ultra left for so long that he just doesn't realize that others can think and reason too. He is too used to blind belief.

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RE: "Actually he does think..."
Feb 16, 2005 1:34PM PST

WH WH WHAT????????????????!!!!!!!!!!

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