Senate Candidates Addressing Veterans' Issues in TV Ads
Nevada Rep. Shelley Berkley's Senate campaign is up with her first television ad, a 60-second commercial about her role in the passage of a measure aimed at improving substance abuse treatment at VA hospitals. Berkley's focus on the military is part of a larger trend of Senate candidates running TV ads about the country's armed forces this cycle.
The Democrat's ad, which is running in the Reno market -- far away from the Las Vegas area which she represents -- features Tony Bailey, the father of Justin Bailey, an Iraq war veteran who suffered from PTSD and died of a prescription drug overdose. Berkley helped usher an act towards passage which strengthens substance abuse treatment at VA facilities. She suggested the act be named for Justin Bailey.
"Shelley Berkley listened to our story and she sponsored a bill to improve the mental health in all veterans' facilities across the country," Tony Bailey says in the spot.
Berkley's opening ad makes sense during a week in which the military and national security are back on the minds of many voters as the country reflects on the year that has passed since the killing of Osama bin Laden.