Senator seeks input as he meets with service members around Idaho
Washington, D.C. - More than 700 veterans, their family members and friends, have now responded to a new effort to gather information about veterans care through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and other federal programs administered in Idaho. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announced the survey on August 5 th and it runs through the end of September.
Crapo has met personally with hundreds of veterans and veterans advocacy groups during the August state work period in Idaho. "We have voted to increase the commitment to veterans regarding health care and other programs; now it is up to the federal agencies to act and I appreciate the willingness of Idaho's veterans to assist us in tracking the care and service they receive," Crapo said. "These veterans have given so much of themselves and we must ensure that the nation keeps its commitment to them for putting their lives on the line to protect our freedom."
The survey is relatively brief and is available on Crapo's official website at https://www.crapo.senate.gov/contact/survey.cfm and through the Idaho Division of Veterans Services. Veterans can also call one of the Senator's offices to have a staff member administer the survey. The following phone numbers can be used to reach Crapo's offices: Washington, DC (202) 224-6142; Idaho State Office (Boise) 208-334-1776; South-Central Idaho (Twin Falls) (208) 734-2515; North Idaho (Coeur d' Alene) (208) 664-5490; Eastern Idaho, North (Idaho Falls) (208) 522-9779; North-Central Idaho (Lewiston) (208) 743-1492; Eastern Idaho, South (Pocatello) (208) 236-6775. Additionally, veterans are welcome to visit any of the Senator's regional offices to take the survey in person. Friends and families of veterans are also welcome to take the survey to share their experiences.
The survey contains questions about the level of satisfaction veterans have with the VA generally. It also asks where veterans receive health care treatment if they use VA facilities. The survey provides the option of sharing individual positive and negative experiences. Idahoans in need of specific assistance in dealing with the VA or other federal agencies and navigating programs may also contact any one of Crapo's offices for further assistance through the survey or separately.