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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 15:13

Trump Signs Bill Giving Vets More Choices for Health Care

Written by  Melanie Arter

(CNSNews.com) - President Donald Trump signed into law on Wednesday the Veterans Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act, which “eliminates the original sunset date on the Veterans Choice Program” and “gives veterans who are unable to schedule an appointment at a VA facility in a timely or convenient manner the ability to receive care from an eligible non-VA health care.

” “Using funds that have already been appropriated for this program, this gives our nation’s heroes the peace of mind they deserve while this administration works with Congress to enact comprehensive reform and modernization at the VA,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said. “The veterans have poured out their sweat and blood and tears for this country for so long, and it's time that they're recognized, and it's time that we now take care of them, and take care of them properly,” the president said before signing the legislation. “That's why I'm pleased today to sign into law the Veterans Choice Program Improvement Act,” Trump said, which “ will extend and improve the Veterans Choice Program so that more veterans can see the doctor of their choice.” Trump said the bill will ensure that veterans “don’t have to wait and travel long distances for VA care.

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ANITHER PROMISE KEPT!!!

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Joseph G Mattera Written by Joseph G Mattera
April 20, 2017
ANOTHER PROMISE KEPT!!!

It looks like Trump scored another win... one more promise he made that he is fulfilling...

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(Updated: April 20, 2017)

WHEN I FIRST CAME TO OREGON THE DOCTORS SAW HOW HARD IT WAS FOR ME TO TRAVEL SO GAVE ME A CARD SO I COULD GO TO A DOCTOR IN MY TOWN AND I SEND MY PILLS REQUESTS ETC TO THE VA AND THEY GAVE MY MEDS. SOMETIMES IT DID TAKE FOREVER TO GET AN APPOINTMENT AT THE VA ITSELF, BUT THEY HAVE SO MANY VETS AND SOME OF THE CLINICS JUST DO NOT HAVE THE MEDICAL PEOPLE THEY NEED. I JUST WANTED TO PUT IN A GOOD WORD ABOUT THE VA. NOT ALL VA CLINICS AND HOSPITALS WERE GOOD, BUT NEITHER ARE SOME CIVILIAN PLACES. PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE. GOOD AND BAD NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE AT.

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I always try and use the VA first and most of the time I can see them without waiting for weeks to pass. I have used the Choice program foe eye surgery and knee replacement because I had to travel 250 miles to get care. Glad that Trump makes is possible for us vets to get care when we need it and not have to wait.

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(Updated: April 19, 2017)

Sometimes it is hard for us to get into a VA approved facility. Thank you, President Trump from an "Old Salt" that served his country during the final days of the Vietnam Conflict. Now that this has been accomplished, let's finish the job on the Korean Peninsula.

May God bless you and your family.

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About time!!! Prior administrations have done little or nothing. The inability to fire some of these inept people boggles the mind. Whistle blowers should shout from the top of the VA buildings about any wrong doing like changing statistic or smudging appointments.
Our men and women in the military have given their all - why can't Congress do the them for them?

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Mike Tierney Written by Mike Tierney
April 19, 2017
Well, Old Salt, I am sure you realize that this is just an extension of something that Obama signed in spite of the Republican resistance.
I am a Priority II at VA and it is relatively easy to make an appointment. Id you have no service connected disability, it probably takes a lot longer as the wounded veterans get priority.
Just because someone was a supply clerk or did some other task in the military, they are still eligible for care but not at the same level of access.
Spicer makes it sound like every person that ever put on a uniform was risking their life. Not so Sean!
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Jeffrey Dorfman Written by Jeffrey Dorfman
April 20, 2017
Let me chime in here. I've been classified as 100% service connected disabled and never served in combat or in a theater of war. I'm at the highest priority category. So you see, you can't assume the person you were addressing didn't have a right to utilizing the VA Veteran's Choice Program.

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