The Veterans Health Administration (“VHA”) is the largest integrated health care system in the United States, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 VA Medical Centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity to over roughly 9 million Veterans enrolled in the VA health care program. The United States military and their families are not treated with the respect that they have earned when returning from a military theater. The transition back into civilian life can be difficult for many – and for good reason. As your Senator, I’ll support responsible national security policies and stop any effort to privatize the VA while streamlining services for veterans to get better and timely care when they need it. I would propose starting with the modernization of medical records. The current system is broke! This is an arduous and complex task but well worth fighting for and would be a top priority of my senate office.
President Trump requested an appropriation of $220.2 billion for the VA in fiscal year 2020, a 9.6% increase over 2019. We have the money. We have a major inefficiency issue. The president also discharged all Federal Student Loan Debt for Totally and Permanently Disabled Veterans. These bold moves should continue.
I have a daughter at West Point and have heard from many military officers specific to their frustration in working with the VA. Lots of work remains!