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Walker: Veterans "Deserve Better Than to Suffer for Years on VA Waiting Lists or Travel Hours Just to Get the Care They Were Promised"

May 16, 2018
Press Release
The House passes the VA Mission Act to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare system and to provide options for family caregivers.

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 5674, the Department of Veterans Affairs Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (VA MISSION) Act:

“North Carolina’s more than 700,000 veterans deserve better than to suffer for years on VA waiting lists or travel hours just to get the care they were promised when they put their country before themselves. Extending the Choice Program that helps get our heroes faster care closer to home and expanding assistance options for their family caregivers will help us keep our promise to our veterans, from the Greatest Generation to the current generation. The VA MISSION Act is an important step in our office’s work to serve each of those who have given selflessly to our nation.”

According to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, the VA MISSION Act "would streamline the department’s duplicative community care programs into one cohesive program; create a non-partisan process for reviewing VA’s assets to ensure veterans can access the care they have earned and expand the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Post-9/11 Caregiver Program to all eras." The legislation, which has the support ofnearly 40 veterans service organizations, the VA, and the White House, would also extend the Veterans Choice Program, permitting veterans greater options to get faster care outside of the VA. 

Former North Carolina Senator Elizabeth Dole wrote an op-ed in The Hill supporting the VA MISSION Act. "We will help millions of America’s hidden heroes, like Diane, who manage medications, schedule doctor’s appointments and rehab sessions, and provide daily personal hygiene and physical therapy to their veterans at home," she wrote.

You can read the full text of the legislation here.