We Need to Rebuild a VA That Will Serve, Care, and Treat Veterans With Dignity

I met with a group of doctors from the Nueces County Medical Association to encourage them to start accepting VA medical vouchers again so our veterans can receive the quick and effective treatment they have earned. One of the changes made under H.R. 3230 allows veterans to seek care outside the VA if there are unreasonable delays in receiving treatments. Once our local doctors feel confident that they will be compensated for their services in a timely manner they will again be able to accept VA vouchers.

I am a strong supporter of H.R. 3230, the Veterans' Access to Care Through Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act, a bi-partisan effort to make the necessary reforms to improve patient care at Veteran Affairs (VA) clinics. I'm glad the president signed this bill and I am urging the VA to implement the reforms and improvements in the law as soon as possible. While I often hear concerns about folks in Washington not being able to work together, this is an example of how Congress, Republicans and Democrats alike do work together to help our nation and our veterans. H.R. 3230 is only a first step in finding additional ways to provide quality treatment options and benefits for our veterans.

I have also cosponsored H.R. 5229, the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2014, which provides veterans with 13 days, or 104 hours, of "Wounded Warrior Leave" during their first year as federal workers. This legislation would give veterans time to receive treatment for both physical and mental wounds suffered while protecting our freedoms.

We will never be able to fully repay our veterans for the sacrifices they have made protecting our freedoms. I am committed to rebuilding a VA that will serve, care, and treat veterans with the dignity they deserve. We owe them nothing less.

If you, or a veteran you know, is having problems dealing with the VA please use the veterans services resources that I provide. Let my staff and I assist you. 



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