The Disabled Veterans National Foundation Applauds Congressional Efforts to Ensure Care for Waitlisted Veterans

Both the House and Senate have passed versions of bills that would allow veterans awaiting care from the VA to get treatment from outside providers.

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Disabled Veterans National Foundation

Disabled Veterans National Foundation

“These bills should be a reminder to all veterans that their needs have not been forgotten and that their wellbeing remains a major priority,” said DVNF CEO Joseph VanFonda (USMC SgtMaj Ret.).

Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 13, 2014

Disabled Veterans National Foundation(http://www.dvnf.org), a nonprofit veterans service organization that provides critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom, is praising recent congressional efforts by the House and Senate to pass legislation that would allow veterans facing long wait times at VA hospitals to seek outside care.

This week, the House overwhelmingly overwhelmingly approved a bill that would require the VA to provide care to veterans facing long wait times. The measure would also ban bonuses for employees at the VA for 2 years.

The Senate quickly followed suit, passing its own bill with overwhelming bipartisan support. The Senate’s proposed legislation is similar to what the House passed, also adding that more health providers be added to the VA, as well as a measure making it easier to fire bad VA employees.

“These bills should be a reminder to all veterans that their needs have not been forgotten and that their wellbeing remains a major priority,” said DVNF CEO Joseph VanFonda (USMC SgtMaj Ret.). “What has been going on at the VA is unsettling, so hopefully this new legislation can ensure that veterans still waiting for care receive it in a timely manner.”

Lawmakers hope to have a compromise version of both bills implemented quickly and sent to the President’s desk before the July 4th recess.

About DVNF:

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to provide critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom.

We achieve this mission by:

  •     Providing personalized counseling to assist veterans in navigating the complex process of seeking benefits that they are entitled to as a result of their military service.
  •     Offering direct financial support to veterans and other veteran organizations to address the issues that align with the DVNF mission.
  •     Providing supplemental assistance through the Wellness & Morale program and Empowerment Webinars.
  •     Serving as a thought leader on critical policy issues within the veteran community.

For more, go to http://www.dvnf.org.