Georgia gubernatorial hopeful Stacey Abrams talks plan to support veterans at CSRA roundtable

Georgia gubernatorial hopeful Stacey Abrams talks plan to support veterans at CSRA roundtable

RICHMOND COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - The Democratic candidate to be Georgia's governor stopped in the CSRA to talk to veterans. Stacey Abrams discussed her plan to bolster veteran employment in the state, education, expanding medicaid and more. The Women Veterans Club of the CSRA hosted the roundtable.

Dozens of veterans brought their issues to the roundtable, hoping gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is the right person to solve them.

"The CSRA has one of the largest concentrations of veterans in the country," Abrams said to FOX 54's Jasmine Anderson.

Gulf War Veteran Sarah Peterson-Sanders is one of them. She served 24-years in the military.

"We don't have many things for dependent spouses. Even when I was in the military and I don't think we have ample counseling for dependent spouses," Peterson-Sanders explained.

Peterson-Sanders said she's tried to get help before but couldn't get it because of the way Medicare is set up. So she brought her concerns to Abrams.

"She said that she's trying to deal with a lot of different issues in Medicare so that we can start trying to address issues to help the dependent spouses," said Peterson-Sanders.

She also talked to Abrams about homelessness. Right now, she lives with her daughter and is looking to move on base.

Despite her ongoing battles, said she felt heard at Sunday's event.

"I want to make sure that every veteran in Georgia, especially in Augusta understands that we have, in my campaign, a leader who is actually already done the work and will continue to do the work to provide the services they need to keep our promises to our veterans," Abrams said.

Protesters - armed with cell phones - and upset that Abrams wants to remove confederate carvings from Stone Mountain - briefly interrupted today's roundtable. Their heated exchanges halted - but didn't deter the discussion.

This wasn't Abrams' last stop in the CSRA. After this event, she went downtown for a canvassing kickoff and a fundraising event.

CLICK HERE to take a look at Abrams' veterans policy plan for yourself. Abrams faces republican nominee Brian Kemp in the general election in November.

Kemp has announced plans to support veterans and protect Georgia military bases. He also unveiled a tax-cut proposal for military veterans in the state.

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