Apr 10, 2007 — New York Senator and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton travels to Fort Drum this afternoon. The Democrat will meet privately with 10th Mountain Division commanders and a group of soldiers. The visit will cap a day of appearances at VA Hospitals in Syracuse and Canandaigua. Clinton is promoting a package of bills aimed at improving health care for veterans. The proposal is co-sponsored by Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine. It would work to improve detection and treatment of traumatic brain injuries, which Clinton calls "the signature wound" of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It would help train caregivers. And it would make it easier for wounded soldiers to collect disability benefits. David Sommerstein spoke with Senator Clinton on her cell phone yesterday. She says treating post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and other mental illnesses is most difficult in rural areas like the North Country.