Gianforte Votes to Improve Veteran Care, Build Stronger VA
WASHINGTON – Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte voted today to improve veterans’ health care and reform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with the VA MISSION Act.
“It’s unacceptable that Montana veterans face long waits either to see a doctor or to schedule critical procedures,” said Gianforte. “The VA MISSION Act is a step in the right direction to reform the VA and ensure our veterans have reliable, timely access to high quality care.”
The VA MISSION Act streamlines the VA’s community care programs into one cohesive program. It creates a nonpartisan process for reviewing VA’s assets and expands the VA’s Post-9/11 Caregiver Program to include veterans injured before September 11, 2001. The legislation also includes funding to extend the Veterans Choice Program until the implementation of the VA MISSION Act.
Leaders of 38 veterans service organizations, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, and Vietnam Veterans of America, wrote a letter offering their “strong support” for the VA MISSION Act.
The U.S. House passed the VA MISSION Act, H.R. 5674, 347-70.