U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says the best way to honor veterans is to make sure they have jobs and the mental health care they need when they come home.

In a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday, Durbin urged his colleagues to pass two pieces of legislation to help veterans and their families.

Kurt Parsons

One bill would improve the Department of Veterans Affairs' suicide prevention, counseling and mental health services.

A separate piece of legislation, the Veterans Job Corps Act, would help put thousands of veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to work.