U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt made a stop in Cape Girardeau on Wednesday morning to chat with veterans about their physical and mental-health needs. He says if the Department of Veterans Affairs wants to provide health care to veterans, they need to do a better job. Blunt was at a question-and-answer session after a meeting at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center off William Street. The SE Missourian reports Blunt as saying there’s no excuse for homeless veterans or veterans committing suicide and immediate care should be provided in emergencies. Vets also should have more choices about where they can seek attention. Besides access to care, Blunt also spotlighted the need for mental-health services, such as caring for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder or those at risk of committing suicide. Blunt says he chose to appear at the Cape Girardeau outpatient facility Wednesday because its expansion appears to be “moving in the right direction.” A 2015 VA budget proposal included leasing 43,000 square feet, including 290 parking spaces, for a community-based outpatient clinic in Cape Girardeau to support the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, replacing the 8,000-square-foot facility at 3051 William St.