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Lawmaker pushes Capitol tours for wounded vets
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ATLANTA - Sen. Johnny Isakson wants wounded veterans to have private tours of the U.S. Capitol.

The Georgia Republican and Kent Conrad, a North Dakota Democrat, have teamed up to form the U.S. Senate HEROES Caucus.

The caucus will support "Capitol Tours for America's Heroes," which Conrad developed earlier this year with the Department of Defense and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. It offers rehabilitating service members guided tours of the U.S. Capitol.

Isakson called the program "a small token of our country's appreciation for the many sacrifices of our wounded heroes and their families."

The senators said it offers recovering servicemen and women a brief diversion from their rehabilitation and a chance to venture outside hospital grounds.

The tours will be conducted bi-weekly. Isakson and Conrad may occasionally pitch in.

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