Rep. Jerry McNerney tackles veterans issues in speech to Okinawa survivors
With an American flag draped behind him, Rep. Jerry McNerney
answers questions from veterans at Phillips Farms during a tour of
local businesses on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011.
- Battle of Okinawa at a glance
When: Began April 1945, lasted 82 days.
Location: Okinawa, about 350 miles from the
southern tip of Japan.
Deaths: 250,000, including 150,000 from
Okinawa, one-third of the country’s population.
American casualties: Almost 5,000, including 36
destroyed ships and 368 damaged ships.
— Source: militaryhistoryonline.com
Posted: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 2:36 pm
Updated: 7:01 am, Thu Aug 18, 2011.
Saying that addressing veterans’ issues in Congress is a tough
assignment because so much needs to be done on their behalf, Rep.
Jerry McNerney discussed treating brain-injured soldiers,
employment opportunities and the future nursing home for veterans
coming to San Joaquin County.
McNerney, D-Pleasanton, addressed a group of Okinawa veterans
from Lodi at a special luncheon on Wednesday at Phillips Farms. He
acknowledged Americans’ “grave, unforgivable error” toward veterans
after the Vietnam War.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 2:36 pm.
Updated: 7:01 am.