VA Choice Act was a politically motivated Band-Aid on a placed over severed artery. Without a re-vamp of the entire US healthcare system, The Obligation of Honor to US military Veterans cannot be fulfilled due to an overburdened, underfunded VHA and the attempt of “privatization” of the excess Veteran demand to the private sector health care system has proven abysmal. The only hope to fulfill the Obligation of Honor is a restructuring of the entire US healthcare model incorporating Universal healthcare.
Undersecretary for Health Dr. Randy Petzel retired on May 15, 2014 and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned two weeks later on May 30, 2014. The U. S. President appointed the Honorable Robert “Bob” McDonald as the new VA Secretary charged with making changes to the VA System. Implementation of the Choice Act in 2014, in particular the Choice Card Program will not successfully support the healthcare needs of Veterans.
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More than that no man is entitled to, and less than that no man shall have." (Quote, n.d). Throughout our nation 's history, determining the nature of that square deal has been extremely problematic. Should veterans be made financially whole for the time they have spent in the service? If wounded, and they can 't be restored, how should they be compensated? If military service fails to provide veterans with the skills necessary to find work in the civilian sector, should the government take action? Reasonable people can disagree, and within that disagreement politics of the time rules. It is an extremely harsh irony to veterans waiting for service-connected disability compensation claims, treatment in understaffed VA facilities or struggling to find work, but this imperfect form of governance which is “our democracy”…..is precisely what they fought and risked their lives to
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VAI is a business that employs dedicated, caring, resourceful individuals that can keep up with the ever-changing Department of Veterans Affairs benefits available to veterans and beneficiaries within local communities. VAI’s resource base would be a non-profit that could assist with everything from disability claims, healthcare, housing, survivor benefits, and burial benefits. VAI’s goal is to provide these services free of charge to ensure no veteran or beneficiary is taken advantage of for an attorney or agent’s financial gain. Currently, attorneys or agents can charge veterans or family members can charge up to 40% of past due benefits in exchange for navigating the often confusing processes of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Attorneys or agents can only offer services that are consistent with government policies meaning there is no advantage to veterans or beneficiaries other than their knowledge of the processes.
The Virginia governor's race has taken a national spotlight because of the year its taking place and the divisiveness of the issues between the candidates. While cultural issues take the spotlight and are important, it is necessary to look at other issues. One of the most important debates is on what the candidates believe should be done on healthcare. Everybody will need to have health treatments at some point in their lives. There is an ongoing debate among people as to whether healthcare is a "right" or "privilege."
During World War I, soldiers were promised a ‘bonus payment’ to make up for wages lost while serving in the military- one dollar for each day served on U.S. soil and one dollar and twenty-five cents for every day served overseas. However, the Bonus would not be paid until 1945. Veterans initially agreed, based on the healthy state of the economy (Keaney 1). The Great Depression came and made thousands of veterans unemployed, like most Americans at the time. The veterans felt that their bonus should be paid early so that they could provide food and shelter for themselves and their families (Rank and File Committee 1).
Agent Orange is a dioxin, defoliant, and a mix of herbicides that have affected many people for the past 4 generations. During the Vietnam War the US military decided to spray this dioxin in the jungles of Vietnam and the Korean demilitarized zone to remove trees and dense tropical foliage that provided enemy cover. From the Vietnam War until now, many lives have been ruined and harmed due to Agent Orange and the people who have been exposed to this chemical have either had kids with birth defects or have obtained a disease or sickness as they age and through scientific research it was found that Agent Orange was the cause of these occurrences. Due to the many horrific damages from Agent Orange the US Congress had created the Agent Orange act of 1991 in order to help those who are eligible, receive certain benefits. Today I 'm going to be telling you several reasons why the Agent Orange Act of 1991 should be renewed for the next 5 years.
When the Supreme Court declared the Adorable Care Act constitutional this impacted me. Military retirees and their families are taking it in the shorts. Health care benefits for retirees have always been one of the biggest incentives for staying in the military. I feel betrayed by the broken promises.
Having the sure say that the Va could cover their families medical insurance would insure that they do not have to worry about their
It’s the sad relativity and an unpleasant fact that even today, there are tons of veterans who are living in poverty. The word poverty could be defined as an extremely bad state of being poor, but there is so much more to the word poor. Our veterans know the real meaning of poor and understand the real concept of the sacrifice. They sacrifice their youth for the service of the country and in expense they allow their nation to keep the freedom that they rightfully deserve. There are administrations out there that are supposed to help our veterans, for example the Veterans Administration Hospitals
We will give them enough money that they can live their lives until they are dead in one lump sum of money. They will give their spouses money to pay for life insurance. They provide people that will come and help veterans that don’t know how to get all their life insurance. There is even a person that if they get severely injured during his time of service that will come and take care of them so that the family can still
That’s why it makes perfect sense to expand and reconstruct the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to undertake such a massive service. Veterans don’t deserve to be treated like this, the forgotten hero’s, now the homeless, and the starving.
Another initiative is to solicit volunteers and train them to become a part of the claims processing staff to accelerate the claim process. Also, in the hearing Walcoff (2010) stated that there was a need for transformation in the Department of Veteran Affairs to provide the best service available to our Nation 's Veterans, and their families. References: USDVA. (2010). New Medical Forms Will Streamline Veterans Claims Process. Retrieved February 26, 2016, from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: http://www1.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=1987 Walcoff,
Physical and mental injuries affect a veteran's chance of getting a job drastically. These veterans have serious injuries that they suffered from defending and fighting for our country. Now when they return, they find that their injuries are causing them to be put at a disadvantage in the job market. The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans says that “47,725 veterans are homeless on any given night”. That is around 9% of all homeless people and more than half of that 9% is between 18 and 30(Faq About Homeless Veterans).
The military’s deceptive authority on the treatment of wounded veterans carries little evidential weight. Therefore, the logo of the Wounded Warrior Project carries less credibility than originally presumed, and the effect of the image becomes less effective on each advertisement by the
Veterans are some of the bravest men and women that you will ever know. They fought for our country in our most desperate hours and risked their lives so we could have the chance to live ours. It is such a shame that they are ignored and even homeless in today 's society. I had wondered how we could get veterans of the street and back into the job world. After research I found that there are programs and methods put in place specifically to help these struggling veterans.
Veteran Benefits The issue of veteran benefits in the United States is not taken as seriously as it should be in our country, even though it is a growing problem that needs to be addressed. The lack of available funding for veterans is especially obvious when compared to that available for lower income citizens, or even illegal immigrants. Also, what does exist appears to fall short in taking care of veteran’s needs. Considering that these veterans are people who have risked their lives fighting for this country, the fact that they are not receiving immediate benefits or even what they have earned is unfair.
The soldiers risk their lives everyday to protect our freedom and this country yet many of them are now homeless and need assistance from the government to support themselves. We pay our athletes more money than our own military force and I find this extremely sad. Our military serve and protect and watch friends and family die in front of them yet we still pay athletes for our entertainment more