Christopher Doering

  • WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), participates in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, January 21, 2015 in Washington, DC. The committee was hearing testimony from former National Security Advisor's regarding global challenges and United States national security strategy. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
    In first floor speech, Ernst urges help for vets

    Republican Sen. Joni Ernst proposed legislation Monday that would allow military veterans to get mental health care outside the Veterans Affairs system until they receive help from the agency.