On veterans health care, Ron Johnson, Russ Feingold have different visions

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When it comes to veterans health care, the gap between Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and Democrat Russ Feingold goes deeper than a political blame game.

Shane Sanderson is a U.S. Army veteran from Sheldon who fought in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In a recent interview with the Wisconsin State Journal, Sanderson credited the mental health care for post-traumatic stress disorder he got from a VA clinic in Rice Lake. “It probably saved my life,” Sanderson said.

Sanderson, a farmer and middle school teacher, waded into the U.S. Senate race last month by voicing an ad for the progressive group VoteVets.org that criticized Johnson for his response to reports that veterans at the Tomah VA hire vetsMedical Center were being overprescribed opiate drugs.

Before that, a conservative group, Wisconsin Alliance for Reform, ran ads accusing Feingold of failing to properly respond to similar reports when he was in the Senate.

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