BOSTON (AP) - U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch is planning to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq with a press conference at a veteran's post in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood.

The Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful says he'll discuss the challenges facing veterans when they return from active duty, including the claims backlog at VA hospitals.

Both Lynch and fellow congressman and Democratic Senate candidate Edward Markey voted in favor of the White House's Iraq war resolution in 2002.

A year later, Markey voted against the Bush administration's $87 billion funding package for the war, which Lynch supported.

Lynch and Markey are vying for the Democratic nomination in the state's special U.S. Senate election.

Three Republicans - Gabriel Gomez, Daniel Winslow and Michael Sullivan - are competing for the GOP nomination.


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