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Perry: Gov't Must Help Returning Combat Veterans

Monday, Sep 19, 2011  |  Updated 8:40 AM CDT
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Perry: Gov't Must Help Returning Combat Veterans

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Republican presidential candidate and Texas Governor, Rick Perry.

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Gov. Rick Perry says nearly all American combat veterans "come home bearing scars" and the government has a role in helping them.

The Republican presidential candidate spoke Saturday night during an event for the Lone Survivor Foundation, which provides therapeutic support to wounded veterans and their families.

Perry says he believes in making government as inconsequential as possible in peoples' lives, but says "we must take care" of veterans. He says no state helps returning veterans rejoin the workforce better than Texas, where 40,000 veterans have done so this year.

Lone Survivor Founder Marcus Luttrell was the only SEAL team member to survive a June 2005 firefight with the Taliban in Afghanistan. He detailed the experience in his book, "Lone Survivor," and was awarded the Navy Cross for combat heroism.

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