Taking steps to reform the VA
Knowing that you share my concern and interest in supporting our nation's veterans, I wanted to update you on what we have been working on in Washington.
We made a promise to our service members that if you serve, your country will provide care. However, we have seen that the Veterans Administration (VA), due to a culture of mismanagement, has not been fulfilling that promise. It is our job in Congress to make sure that we hold the VA accountable and protect the benefits our Veterans have earned and deserve.
I was proud to vote in favor of these two bills that do just that:
The VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, S.1094, would reform the VA by allowing the Secretary to dismiss corrupt employees and ensure appropriate due process protections for whistleblowers. We have made great strides in improving the VA’s level of care for our Veterans, but we have more work to do. My hope is that when this bill is signed into law it will be part of that ongoing effort.
Veterans Equal Treatment Ensures Relief and Access Now (VETERAN) Act, H.R. 2372, would codify into law the IRS's current practice of providing eligible Veterans the choice to get financial support for a private plan in lieu of enrolling in health care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. This will allow Veterans currently covered by this plan to be reassured that this benefit will never go away. H.R. 2372 is now under consideration in the Senate and I will keep you updated as it progresses through the legislative process.
I hope you will contact me any time an issue that concerns you is before Congress, especially if it involves supporting our Veterans.
It's an honor to serve you and Virginia's First District in the People's House.