ICYMI: The MISSION Act is Working
Today, Ranking Member Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement praising the implementation of the MISSION Act following a Subcommittee on Health oversight hearing and the release of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States’ (VFW’s) nationwide "Our Care" survey last week:
“Successful rollouts of new government programs are never easy. However, as a bipartisan group of lawmakers recognized during a Committee hearing last week, VA has done a tremendous job putting the MISSION Act to work for veterans. The success of VA’s efforts were confirmed by VFW members across the country who reported in record numbers that they are seeing improvements at their local VA facilities and are recommending VA to their fellow veterans. Their responses prove that the MISSION Act is delivering on its promises. I applaud VFW National Commander William J. “Doc” Schmitz for keeping his organization’s hand on the pulse of our nation’s veterans and Secretary Wilkie and his team of senior leaders and front-line staff for their commitment to getting this right for our heroes.”
The VA MISSION Act, which was signed into law by President Trump on June 6, 2018, includes provisions that would: streamline VA's duplicative community care programs into one cohesive program; create a non-partisan process for realigning VA’s physical assets to ensure veterans can get the care they need closer to home; and expand the Post-9/11 Caregiver Program to the caregivers of veterans of all eras. Additionally, the law contains a number of provisions that would strengthen VA's internal capacity to provide timely, quality care to veteran patients within VA medical facilities by improving and expanding VA's ability to train, recruit and retain the very best providers. These reforms are supported by major Veterans Service Organizations. To learn more about the MISSION Act, click here.
The VFW “Our Care” report includes data from nearly 7,000 veterans. To read the report, click here.