I was pleased to read the letter by Mr. Beatty on the subject of veteransí mental health needs.

Reports from the experts are alarming. Massive numbers of our returning soldiers are in need of mental health help. The idea of having the nationís community mental health centers, including 39 in Texas, partner with the VA to meet these needs makes perfect sense, particularly in rural areas.

President Bush and our Texas Congressional Delegation must work together diligently to make sure that our veterans serving their country are provided the absolute best in mental health as well as physical health care. Senator John Cornyn deserves special recognition for his outstanding national leadership on this issue.

I commend Mr. Beatty and the Empire-Tribune for printing his letter.

Your Servant,

State Representative

Sid Miller