Like many veterans, when I returned home from Iraq, I sought care at a VA facility near my home.
So you can imagine why the politicization of the disclosures at the VA facility in Phoenix has gotten me down. The truth is, we've all known for some time that the veterans' health system needs real reform.
And while President Obama and Secretary Shinseki have done admirable work to reduce the backlog, we've long needed solutions that get to the root of the problems.
This week, the U.S. Senate has a chance to take meaningful action to improve veterans' health care, and I hope they take it this time. Join VoteVets and Campaign for Americans Future and tell your Senators to vote for Bernie Sanders' Restoring Veterans' Trust Act of 2014.
Here's what the bill does:
1. Authorizes the VA to hire new doctors and nurses, closing the gap between a growing number of veterans returning home to seek care and the number of health care professionals able to deliver it.
2. Allows the Department of Veterans Affairs to increase the number of locations delivering care by leasing twenty-seven new health facilities in eighteen states.
3. To address long-term needs, the legislation awards scholarships and forgives student debt for health care professionals willing to accept positions at the VA.
These are important steps Congress should take right now in order to improve short and long-term care for our nation's veterans.
Tell the Senate to support the Restoring Veterans' Trust Act of 2014.
In late February, right-wing Senators led a filibuster against similar legislation that would have struck at the root of problems within the VA system.
It's time to end the talk and take some action.
Iraq War Veteran and Chairman