Our Caring for Our Veterans Policy
While serious people can have legitimate differences about when our country should go to war, there should never be a debate whether we fulfill the promises made to the men and women who served this country in the military. As a nation, we have a moral obligation to provide the best quality care to those who have put their lives on the line to defend us.
Our representatives believes that just as planes and tanks and guns are a cost of war, so is taking care of the men and women who we sent off to fight the war. It includes caring for the spouses and children who have to rebuild their lives after the loss of a loved one. It includes caring for the hundreds of thousands of veterans with multiple amputations or loss of eyesight, post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. It includes veterans who are having difficulty keeping jobs in order to pay their bills, and it includes the terrible tragedy of veterans committing suicide.
One of our representatives highest priorities in Congress will be ensuring that our veterans receive the care and benefits they have earned.
Amid reports of unacceptable wait times at many VA medical facilities last year, our representatives will try to pass the most comprehensive veterans’ legislation in decades. The landmark Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act increases accountability within the VA and ensures that all veterans have access to timely health care.
The law written by Bernie Sanders and supported by our representatives strengthens the VA health care system by authorizing 27 new medical facilities and by providing $5 billion to hire more doctors and nurses to care for the surging number of veterans returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It provides incentives to attract young doctors to the VA. It makes it easier for some veterans to see private doctors or go to community health centers, Department of Defense facilities or Indian Health Centers. It expanded VA educational benefits and improved care for survivors of sexual trauma while serving in the military.
Our representatives wants to build on a program where the National Guard operates an innovative outreach program to provide pre-deployment and post-deployment support to family members and service members. This effort has been hugely successful in terms of making sure that veterans know about and receive the health care, mental health counseling, family assistance, transition assistance and other benefits they need to make sure they can live a healthy and productive life.
Moving forward, our representatives wants to expand veterans’ benefits by making comprehensive dental care available to all veterans at VA medical centers, and by expanding caregiver provisions. Our representatives believes we must do more to meet the mental health needs of our veterans, especially those who have served in harm’s way. We must fully restore cuts to military pensions that were insisted upon by Republicans in the last budget deal.
Instead of cutting benefits for the men and women who have served our country, we should ask the most profitable corporations and the wealthiest among us to pay their fair share.
Our representatives also strongly believes that we must end the travesty of veterans’ homelessness. While huge gains have been made over the past six years, the fact that on any given night there are fifty thousand homeless veterans on the street is a national disgrace. We also need to make further improvements to the VA disability claims process, which while significantly streamlined, still takes far too long for many veterans.
- Authored the historic Veterans’ Access, Choice and Accountability Act to
improve care and increase accountability at the VA.
- Co-sponsored the Post-9/11 GI Bill to allow a new generation of veterans, servicemembers and dependents to seek a college degree.
- Co-sponsored the Women Veterans Access to Quality Care Act, to ensure VA facilities meet the needs of women veterans, and require every VA medical center to have obstetricians or gynecologists on staff.
- Introduced legislation to restore all cuts to military pensions.
Our representatives will:
- Fully fund and expand the VA so that every veteran gets the care that he or she has earned and deserves.
- Substantially improve the processing of Veterans’ claims for compensation.
- Expand the VA’s Caregivers Program.
- Expand mental health service for Veterans.
- Make comprehensive dental care available to all veterans at the VA.
As you have notice that I used "Our representatives will try" alot in our policies. This is because we are using representatives that are progressives and the rest of our government do not see our agenda the same way. One is because they are bought off by the corporations in which our government officials make alot of money and refuses to change. That is not what America is about. We are going to make change but it will not be with the very corrupted Republican or the Democratic Parties. Realistically, this may takes years to provide since most of the American People are so misinformed with Fake News or just plain stupid.