Guest column submitted by U.S. Senator Mike Crapo
Veterans Day—a day to honor veterans for their service to our nation—is a good time to take stock of where were are in ensuring that they have access to quality health care and other services that support their enduring commitment. So far this year, Congress has passed and President Trump has signed into law the following important, veterans-related legislation that I supported:
This is not a comprehensive list but rather highlights of what Congress has been able to accomplish for veterans so far this year. I also continue to work with veterans and the VA directly to address individual issues through casework, which has resulted in the return of $2.1 million in claims and medical benefits to Idaho veterans from the VA so far this year. If you find yourself in need of assistance with a specific agency, please contact staff in one of my regional offices to discuss your situation. Contact information, the required privacy release form and frequently asked questions, can be accessed through my official website, at www.crapo.senate.gov.
Despite progress, we definitely have more to do to ensure that federal policy is increasingly responsive to Idaho veterans and their needs. I introduced S. 1279, the Veterans Health Administration Reform Act of 2017, to address concerns raised by Idaho veterans with the Veterans Choice Program. These efforts will improve this program and make it easier for Idaho veterans to access care. I look forward to working to enact this and other pending legislation to improve veterans programs.
The input of Idaho veterans and learning from their experiences have guided my support for veterans-related legislation and policy changes. Please keep sharing your insights as work continues to ensure our nation effectively supports the service of our nation’s veterans every Veterans Day.
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