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Rubio takes his older brother on the campaign trail



WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (Associated Press) — Marco Rubio used a real-life example to talk about his commitment to the Department of Veterans Affairs — his big brother.The Republican presidential candidate and Florida senator appeared in Iowa Thursday morning with his brother Mario, 65, an Army veteran who lives in Jacksonville.

In his speech, Marco Rubio called for reforming a system plagued by long delays for those seeking care and allegations of falsified records. As an example, Rubio cited his brother, who served in the Army from 1968 through 1971, and has been waiting on dental work for a service-related injury.

"He's had to file a claim and wait for a hearing, which could take anywhere from 18 months to three years. Meanwhile, he's stuck waiting for the procedures he needs," Rubio said.

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[Last modified: Thursday, December 10, 2015 9:53pm]


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