The Mission for Better Care for Our Veterans
Our nation’s veterans, who serve during times of war and peace, have sacrificed a great deal to keep our nation safe and protect our freedoms. It is our duty in Congress to ensure that veterans receive the care they have earned for their service to our country. Although the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has the responsibility to provide a variety of services for veterans, it is also Congress’ responsibility to oversee the VA and ensure they operate in the most transparent and efficient manner possible.
Congress has made it a priority to dramatically reform the VA. The process to make changes is ongoing, and there continues to be areas in need of improvement. One of the primary obstacles that many veterans and their families face is receiving timely and accessible medical care. Long wait times and limited access continues to be a challenge for the VA. Congress has passed bipartisan legislation annually to improve claims processing and medical treatment for veterans. Last week, the House passed one of the most comprehensive VA reform bills to date – the VA MISSION Act of 2018. This bill will consolidate and standardize VA community care programs and provide funding for the continuation of the VA Choice Program.
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