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Rep. Owens visits soldiers recovering at Walter Reed

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WASHINGTON — Rep. William L. Owens visited severely wounded soldiers Tuesday at Walter Reed Medical Center for the first time since coming to Congress and called it a "very moving experience."


Mr. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, said he visited six soldiers with three other lawmakers, including Rep. Michael A. Arcuri, D-Utica.


Although as members of Congress, lawmakers deal with issues related to war, seeing and talking to the soldiers
"really brings it home," Mr. Owens said in a telephone interview.


"They were not feeling sorry for themselves," Mr. Owens said, and complained only of not being with their fellow soldiers.


In a press release, he said he would fight for "medical care, benefits, salary and education" for members of the military.

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