Trustee Election
These are the original issues in this subcategory
  • VETERANS EMPLOYMENT
  • VETERAN HOMELESSNESS
  • VETERANS HEALTH
Winning Issue » VETERANS HEALTH


There are more than 22 million American veterans living today. Nearly 9 million of these former servicemembers are receiving health care from our Veterans Administration (VA). Studies show at least 20% of our Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or clinical depression. However, it is estimated that at least half of those who are ill with these disorders do not seek treatment and are therefore not counted in these statistics. Another 19% of our war vets have traumatic brain injuries (TBI) while 7% are suffering from both PTSD and TBI. Alcohol abuse is reported in nearly 40% of all Iraq/Afghanistan veterans returning home. Much worse, active duty personnel are now more likely to die from suicide than combat. Not surprisingly, our VA has been unable to keep up with the increased demand for its services by so many injured during our record-breaking 12 years at war. At least half a million veterans have waited more than 125 days for the VA to take action on their claim applications, and about half that many have waited more than a year. It now averages about 177 days for the VA to look at a claim and another 657 days for it to process appeals. Last year, the media reported that at least 40 vets have died while awaiting care at the Phoenix Veterans Health Administration facilities. Investigators have found similar problems at several other VA medical centers. An internal VA audit found that more than 120,000 veterans have been left waiting or never received care. VA administrators have been accused of using duplicate sets of books to hide these deaths and delays from official statistics. Many of these administrators had previously received bonuses for making it appear vets were getting prompt care. Some say the fault for this situation lies not with VA administrators but with the Obama administration. They claim that offering bonuses to VA administrators to reduce wait times, but not funding more doctors, nurses and hospitals, put these administrators in an impossible situation. “Cooking the books” may have been their only option if they wished to remain employed. In a rare show of bipartisanship, we passed the much-needed Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act of 2014, intended to reduce long wait times, hire more doctors and nurses, and make it easier to fire senior VA executives.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.294 - Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act
S.471 - Women Veterans Access to Quality Care Act of 2015




Options


  • I oppose reforming current veteran’s health policy and wish to defeat H.R.294 - Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act or S.471 - Women Veterans Access to Quality Care Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support requiring, in the case of a veteran for whom VA facilities are geographically inaccessible, to contract for the provision of primary care; acute or chronic symptom management; nontherapeutic medical services; and other medical services determined appropriate by the director of the appropriate VA service region, after consultation with the VA physician responsible for such veteran's primary care; authorizing the Secretary to waive such requirement upon demonstrating, on an individual basis, that the costs of providing the contract care significantly outweigh the benefits of localized health care, and wish to either reintroduce H.R.635 - HEALTHY Vets Act of 2013 (113th Congress, 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Steven Pearce (NM) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support establishing standards to ensure that all medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs have the structural characteristics necessary to adequately meet the gender-specific health care needs of veterans at such facilities, including privacy, safety, and dignity; using health outcomes for women veterans furnished hospital care, medical services, and other health care by the Department of Veterans Affairs in evaluating the performance of directors of medical centers of the Department; requiring that not later than 540 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, every medical center of the Department of Veterans Affairs has a full-time obstetrician or gynecologist; carrying out an examination of whether the medical centers of the Department of Veterans Affairs are able to meet the health care needs of women veterans, and wish to pass S.471 - Women Veterans Access to Quality Care Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Sen. Johnny Isakson (GA) and/or Sen. Dean Heller (NV), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support authorizing the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), during the three-year period beginning on October 1, 2015, to transfer a veteran for whom the Secretary is required to provide nursing home care to a medical foster home that meets VA standards pursuant to a contract or agreement with the VA, at such veteran's request; requiring such veteran to agree, as a transfer condition, to accept VA home health services, and wish to pass H.R.294 - Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committee of Rep. Jeff Miller (FL) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option
  • I support requiring, in the case of a veteran for whom VA facilities are geographically inaccessible, to contract for the provision of primary care; acute or chronic symptom management; nontherapeutic medical services; and other medical services determined appropriate by the director of the appropriate VA service region, after consultation with the VA physician responsible for such veteran's primary care; authorizing the Secretary to waive such requirement upon demonstrating, on an individual basis, that the costs of providing the contract care significantly outweigh the benefits of localized health care, and wish to either reintroduce H.R.635 - HEALTHY Vets Act of 2013 (113th Congress, 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Steven Pearce (NM) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Steven Pearce (NM) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider either reintroducing H.R.635 - HEALTHY Vets Act of 2013 (113th Congress, 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof.

If elected as a trustee, VFW will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to advocate for timely access to qualify healthcare for veterans and their families.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) continuously advocates on veteran’s behalf. By testifying at committee hearings and interacting with congressional members, the VFW has played an instrumental role in nearly every piece of veteran’s legislation passed in the 20th Century, as well as bills developed in the 21st. It states that with the VFW’s own priority goals in mind, combined with the support of 2.1 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliaries, its voice on “the Hill” cannot be ignored. The location of its Washington, D.C. office allows VFW to monitor all legislation affecting veterans, alert VFW membership to key legislation under consideration and to actively lobby Congress and the administration on veteran’s issues –including timely access to health care. Most recently, VFW efforts halted the Department of Veterans Affairs proposal to re-review more than 70,000 cases it had already decided for veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. VFW states the review’s sole purpose was to revoke awards for disability compensation under the guise of fraud review.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
June 4, 2020
Trustee Election - Closing Date
June 10, 2020