“I should never have to refer to veterans as an ‘underserved community,’ and yet that’s exactly what they are. Our veterans go above and beyond in service to their country, they’ve already kept their promise to us. The least we can do is to return the favor when they come home.”
EXPAND THE BUDGET FOR VETERANS
The federal government has an unlimited budget when it comes to creating veterans, but when they come home and need the services they were promised, the situation changes. There is no excuse for underfunding VA health care or disability, no excuse for tens of thousands of backlogged cases, and no excuse for the high rates of incarceration and homelessness for those who have served.
BRING THE VA INTO THE 21ST CENTURY
Even worse, the VA is still using paper records to process claims - in 2016. This system alone costs taxpayers $1.3 billion. Nearly every major industry and government agency has transitioned to electronic records. How could one as important as the VA remain in the paper age, at the expense of our veterans? To save money and lives, we must modernize the VA, transition to electronic records, and eliminate the backlog that keeps veterans waiting years for treatment.
IMPROVED MENTAL HEALTH CARE
So many servicemen and women come home with mental health needs that go undiagnosed and untreated. When these needs go without care, veterans too often end up in jail, homeless, or most tragically, ending their own lives. Mental health care through the VA must be made a top priority and expanded as we overhaul the system.