Trump made it very clear during the 2016 campaign that taking care of the veterans would be a top priority. In fact, you can make the argument that taking care of the veterans was what he talked about the most outside of immigration. In 2017, Trump made some big strides toward reforming the VA and coming through for those who deserve our help the most.
From Washington Examiner:
President Trump signed into law a bill providing over $2 billion to open new Veterans Affairs department medical facilities and fund care for veterans seeking medical care outside the government system on Saturday.
“This bill will ensure that veterans continue to have the ability to see the doctor of their choice,” Trump said during a press conference at the bill’s signing. “You’re going to have immediate medical care for our veterans.”
The legislation, which passed the House unanimously, provides funding for veterans who seek treatment from a private doctor in certain cases. It also allows the Veterans Affairs department to lease 28 new facilities around the country, in an attempt to expand access to government-provided care. That makes it a compromise in the larger debate between conservative and liberal proponents of VA reform.
A great move that was followed up by another great move this week.
Trump picked up his pen and helped out the veterans even more.
From Daily Wire:
On Tuesday, President Trump signed an executive order instructing the secretaries of defense, homeland security, and veterans affairs to improve access to mental health care for veterans during the first year after their exit from the armed forces. Trump asserted, “We want them to get the highest care and the care that they so richly deserve. It’s something that is a top priority. … They get out of the military and they have nobody to talk to. It’s a very sad situation.”
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin pointed out that the 12-month period after leaving the service was the highest risk-period for suicide, noting that roughly 20 veterans a day commit suicide. He stated that was an “unacceptable number.” Shulkin added, “I’ve identified the issue of preventing veteran suicides as one of our top priorities.” Shulkin said only 40% of military members have mental health coverage.
President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday titled “Supporting our Veterans during their Transition from Uniformed Service to Civilian Life.”
Why it matters: The EO directs the Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs secretaries to provide a strategy, within 60 days, for “seamless access” for veterans to a year’s worth of coverage for mental health treatment and suicide prevention resources.
It’s really inspiring to see our president care so deeply about the troops.
In case you missed it, Trump showed up at the college football national championship game on Monday night and spent the game watching with some soldiers.
Gotta love it. Will liberals find a way to get mad about this?
No one deserves our respect more than our veterans and Trump clearly understands that.
[Note: This post was written by Andrew Mark Miller]