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Hudson on Signing of VA Mission Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 6, 2018
Contact: Tatum Gibson (202) 225-3715
 
Hudson on Signing of VA Mission Act
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), Fort Bragg's Congressman and a voice for North Carolina's veterans, released the following statement after President Donald Trump signed the VA MISSION Act of 2018 (S. 2372), a bipartisan package to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA):
 
“We have to keep our promises to our veterans who put their lives on the line for our country,” said Rep. Hudson.“I believe veterans deserve the choice to see any doctor they want to, and this bill is a great step towards achieving that goal.”
 
This important bill builds off of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee’s ongoing work, including a field hearing Rep. Hudson hosted in Fayetteville, to discuss strategies to improve the VA’s care in the community programs – including the Choice program – to facilitate access to timely, quality care for veterans in North Carolina.
 
Much like Rep. Hudson’s Care Veterans Deserve Act, the bill aims to give veterans more options and flexibility in choosing their health care while streamlining current VA programs. The bill will streamline the department’s duplicative community care programs into one cohesive program; create a non-partisan process for reviewing VA’s assets to ensure veterans can access the care they have earned; and expand the VA’s Post-9/11 Caregiver Program to all eras. This will help ensure the 4 million spouses, family members, and friends who care for ill or injured service members and veterans have the support they need.
 
These reforms are supported by dozens of major Veterans Service Organizations and stakeholders. The bill also includes funding for the Choice Program that is expected to last until the new program authorized under the VA MISSION Act is implemented.
 
North Carolina is fortunate to be home to more than 700,000 veterans, and taking care of these retired service members and their families is one of Rep. Hudson’s top responsibilities. As always, Rep. Hudson’s office stands ready to assist every veteran in our district with problems they are having with the VA or a federal agency. If a veteran in the 8th district needs assistance, please contact our office in Concord at (704) 786-1612 or our office in Fayetteville at (910) 997-2070.
 
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