"We owe all of our veterans - and the families who support them - our gratitude, our respect and the highest-quality healthcare", Brown said. The Tallahassee hero says with the stroke of a pen, President Donald Trump better equipped the country to serve soldiers like him when they need care.
"I compared it to putting a Band-Aid on a gunshot wound", said Burch.
The proposed bill would allow veterans to seek care from a private physician, with the approval of a VA health care provider, when they think that VA's health care systems can't provide the care they need. President Trump's administration has lobbied Republicans to get the funding by cutting other spending.
The bill was a bipartisan proposal that garnered the support of the White House and 38 veterans service organizations, he added. Without passage of the veterans funding bill soon, lawmakers and veterans groups warn that Veterans Affairs will be forced to make hard trade-offs about which programs should be funded.
Dunn's VICTOR Act gives veterans who need organ transplants more choices in their medical care.
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She was released after a five-day hospital stay but remained out of sight. "All Fake, she is doing really well!" he tweeted. Trump's Communications Director, Stephanie Grisham, said the procedure was a success and without complication.
The measure builds on legislation passed in 2014 in response to a wait-time scandal at the Phoenix VA medical center, where some veterans died while waiting months for appointments.
Many veterans have moved from the Northeast to other parts of the country.
Pointing to faulty data, government investigators said the VA "cannot determine whether the Choice program has helped to achieve the goal of alleviating veterans' wait times for care". Currently, more than 30 percent of VA appointments are in the private sector.
"It's getting better and better", he said.
For more than 70 years, we have ensured that veterans have received the benefits earned through their service to our nation; monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units; and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis.
"Although it is hard to quantify the risk of patient harm, the findings in this report may help facilities identify areas of vulnerability or conditions that, if properly addressed, could improve patient safety and health care quality", the report said. That overhaul will take at least 10 years to be complete. "That's what the White House and Congress have to reconcile themselves to, demand going up overall and costing more". Erica Werner has worked at The Washington Post since 2017, covering Congress with a focus on economic policy.