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.