Supporting Our Veterans
Our veterans stepped up to serve us, some have done so in combat, and they deserve a Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) system that will not fail them.
Veterans Choice Act
Veterans should not have to wait for healthcare services, they should be at the front of the line every time for their healthcare needs. Dan Meuser supports the Veterans Choice Act that was recently extended by President Trump and allows vets facing lengthy wait times at VA facilities or living over 40 miles from the nearest VA to seek care in the private sector. In Congress, Dan will fight to continue to expand this program and allow more access to private care for veterans.
We must end the bureaucracy at the VA and, importantly, implement systems that are more user-friendly for veterans and/or caregivers using the latest technologies. Dan also supports the ability to fire underperforming, corrupt and/or incompetent VA employees and putting an end to waste, fraud and abuse.
Increase Mental Health Support/Suicide Prevention Services
Recent VA reports indicate nearly one veteran commits suicide an hour. Dan Meuser believes we need to allocate stronger resources towards mental health, veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and from Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and that we should support beneficial combat veteran peer-to-peer programs and ensure expedited mental health care accessibility.
Veteran Employment Opportunities
Veterans are not looking for handouts, they are looking for hand ups; job opportunities. We owe it to them to do everything we can to help them get on a path to success as they leave active duty, whether corporate positions or in the trades. We must support existing programs that work or replace them with ones that are more effective.
Reduce Disablity Backlog
Veterans should not be waiting in a backlog for years for their disability ratings. We must reduce the backlog, and get claims right the first time in order to prevent veterans from having to appeal cases, and, a key part of the reductions, also work to link the branch of service computer systems with the VA’s systems in order to expedite the processing of medical history records wherever possible and to reduce the burden on the veteran.
“Veterans are American patriots and they deserve honor and respect. Supporting our veterans must be a top priority for our government. As your congressman, I will fight to continue reforming the VA and for greater access to private healthcare to ensure our veterans get the services they earned and deserve.”
– Dan Meuser