VA Must Keep Its Promise to Veterans by Embracing Health Care Choice
Arlington, Va. – Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) CEO Pete Hegseth issued the following statement following today’s POLITICO interview with Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Bob McDonald:
“America has made a promise to care for her veterans—and the VA is currently not fulfilling that promise. It’s time for VA leadership to meet these obligations by putting veterans in charge of their own health care instead of denying them choice and timely services.
“With 88 percent of veterans saying that it is ‘extremely’ or ‘very’ important to increase health care choices for veterans, it’s time for the VA to stop pretending there is no demand for increasing options, even if veterans choose to seek care outside the VA. Veterans deserve the freedom to choose a provider who suits their needs, not one dictated by a government bureaucrat and a set of rigid guidelines.
“It is disappointing that Secretary McDonald chose to once again blatantly mischaracterize CVA’s bipartisan comprehensive VA reform plan – the Veterans Independence Act. However it is not totally surprising considering that Secretary McDonald has a history of struggling with the truth.”
Concerned Veterans for America is a non-partisan, non-profit, 501(c)(4) organization that advocates for policies that will preserve the freedom and prosperity we and our families so proudly fought and sacrificed to defend.