New Bill Would Provide Veterans with Better Healthcare Options

HAPPY VETERANS DAY FROM EDITOR GEORGE DUKE (A VET)

Today  Saturday, November 11, is Veterans Day, a day to honor those who have served their country. This Veterans Day, legislators have an opportunity to improve the lives of America’s Veterans via a new bill.

According to Hotair.com, the new bill will replace the Veterans Choice Program with a more effective program for Veterans who need healthcare. The current bill would reportedly allow Veterans to receive treatment at private medical providers if the VA is not able to treat them in a timely manner.

This new bill to help Veterans is being hailed as a bipartisan measure. It was introduced by Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), according to the Washington Free Beacon. The vote on the bill will take place once the Congressional Budget Office releases figures on how much the program will cost.

Reforms to the VA have been discussed for some time, and although this bill wouldn’t necessarily reform the VA itself, it would at least allow Veterans to receive the care they need, even if they have to go elsewhere to get it.

The presentation of the bill near Veterans Day itself will perhaps help to gain support for the measure.

The Washington Times notes that Veterans Day was officially instituted as a day of remembrance and an official holiday in 1938. It initially was associated with Armistice Day, which commemorated the end of World War I. In 1954, it was instituted as a day to honor American Veterans of all wars.