Opinion: Newly passed VA MISSION Act will help veterans get the quality care they deserve
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - A very important piece of legislation for our nation’s veterans is on its way to President Trump's desk for his signature.
Last week, the bipartisan VA MISSION Act passed through the Senate with flying colors, with only five votes against it. The House of Representatives approved the bill with an overwhelming majority.
This was something that both parties in Congress wanted to get done by Memorial Day.
President Trump specifically called for the act to pass by the holiday. Believe it or not, in a refreshing change for Washington D.C., that actually happened.
This new legislation is a demonstration of the good that bipartisanship can do. The MISSION Act helps our nation’s veterans in a monumental way by giving them well-deserved better access to care.
The act provides funding for the CHOICE Program that gives more than a million veterans access to private care. It outlines parameters for when veterans can see private doctors and creates a commission to review VA facilities.
The act also gives pre-9/11 veterans expanded benefits to cover the cost of care-givers in their homes. Previously, this was only available to veterans who served after 9/11.
Here’s the bottom line: the VA MISSION Act is an important step toward making sure that our veterans receive the quality care they need after bravely serving our country.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.