Many Veterans continue to be frustrated with the medical care they are receiving through the VA health care system. Some of the most common complaints are excessively long wait times for appointments, lack of response to patient needs and overall inadequate health care. In 2019, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) alerted the President and Congress of significant financial mismanagement at the VA, including more than $223 million in wasteful spending and delayed payments for veterans’ medical bills. And while there has long been complaints about healthcare through the VA, solutions have been sorely lacking as there is a lack of response or even awareness of the issue.
However, the lack of attentiveness to the problem seems to be changing. A bill introduced this week would force members of Congress and their staff to get health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs, a change aimed at forcing lawmakers to recognize the longstanding problems with the VA. The legislation has been introduced by Representative Warren Davidson, who is an Army Veteran. He states that the bill would make lawmakers and their staff receive VA care at VA facilities “as if such members and staff were veterans.” The point is to drive home awareness of the problems with the VA.
As has been stated before, “[f]ixing the VA isn’t a partisan issue. It’s not specific to one demographic group or geographic region. Every U.S. representative has a Veteran in their district.” Although the bill has a small chance of passing, simply introducing the bill will shed light on an issue that has been ignored for way too long.
Gardberg and Kemmerly is open for calls and online assistance and will continue to help our Veterans in any way possible, including staying up to date on any pending legislation. If you have a claim for disability and need assistance, please call our office and speak with one of our qualified Veterans’ Disability attorneys. Gardberg and Kemmerly is committed to helping injured and disabled Veterans obtain the benefits they deserve. If you need help with a disability claim, call the office at 251-343-1111 or 1-800-332-1529 for a free consultation. Gardberg and Kemmerly is proud to serve Veterans across the country from our home office in Mobile, Alabama.