Congress’s Chance to Do Right by Veterans
By Anthony Tersigni
The Wall Street Journal
May 9, 2018
More than once, as a candidate and as president, Donald Trump has promised that “we will not rest until all of America’s great veterans can receive the care they so richly deserve.” This month Congress will have an opportunity to help make this one step closer to reality by passing the VA Mission Act, which provides critical funding for care, new health-care capacity, and new tools to improve employee performance across the Department of Veterans Affairs system. Without this legislation, funding for the popular Veterans Choice Program would run out, making it harder for millions of veterans to receive the care they need.
Mr. Trump has set a deadline of Memorial Day for Congress to pass this bill, which he promises to sign as soon as it reaches his desk. Our veterans should not wait any longer for world-class health care.
All Americans, especially veterans, should have a real choice in navigating their health journey. With a sense of urgency, I implore Congress to prioritize the health of our nation’s veterans and pass the VA Mission Act to better serve this deserving group of individuals. It would be the perfect way to celebrate Memorial Day weekend.