LAS VEGAS -- Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley is reaching out to military veterans with an advertisement running on KLAS-TV Channel 8.
The ad from Berkley, who is competing against Republican Sen. Dean Heller for his seat in the November general election, starts off with a close-up of military medals on a uniform, followed by images of a soldier returning home, veterans in wheelchairs, Berkley meeting with vets and the new Veterans Affairs Medical Center in North Las Vegas that is scheduled to open this summer.
Narrator: "They deserved every medal, every hero's welcome home. But the one thing they really needed most Nevada couldn't give them. It took Shelley Berkley, the daughter of a World War II veteran, to finally give our veterans a new hospital. Now hundreds of people, from construction workers to nurses, are getting new jobs and our veterans the health care they deserve."
The takeaway is Berkley's attempt to remind voters of the efforts she made beginning in 2002 to help bring a new veterans hospital to the valley. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., also played a major role in helping to secure funding for the $600 million facility at 6900 N. Pecos Road, which is expected to treat an estimated 60,000 Nevada veterans.
Two Republicans who served in Nevada's congressional delegation, former Sen. John Ensign and former Rep. Jon Porter, also supported efforts to bring a full-service VA hospital to the valley.