Pryor Proposes Extending Troop Leave Time

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Senator Mark Pryor is proposing increased leave time for the military members to take into account deployments that were recently extended to a maximum of 15 months to 12 months.

Pryor says leave time was not extended with the deployments.  He says soldiers still have only 15 days leave for the deployment period.  Pryor wants to extend leave time to 20 days.

Pryor has filed an amendment to the defense authorization bill currently being debated.

The Democrat has also been involved in a bipartisan effort to make recommendations from the Iraq Study Group official U.S. policy.

In a teleconference with reporters today, Pryor touted his work on behalf of veterans.  Pryor says he is backing a measure that would ensure there is adequate training for veterans looking for work.  He says he is also working to get injured veterans proper medical care.

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