Edwards says the recent scandal over substandard treatment at the Walter Reed military hospital is only a small fraction of problems facing US troops. The former North Carolina senator rolled out the new policy just two days after he presented his ideas for rebuilding the nation's military at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Among the proposals in the plan are full funding for veterans health care, closing the gap between civilian and military pay, and providing a plan for coming home, including screening for post-traumatic stress disorder.
Edwards drew criticism from a leader of the American Legion last week when he called for voters to speak out against the Iraq war on Memorial Day weekend. Edwards is on a weekend trip through southeastern Iowa. His wife, Elizabeth, join him later in the day.