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    Default Why Labor Is Fighting to Save Veterans’ Healthcare

    In January President Trump delivered on his promise to shrink the federal government: he announced a hiring freeze, despite thousands of federal job vacancies.

    As a candidate, Trump campaigned as a great friend of veterans. He pledged to make big improvements in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the arm of the Veterans Administration (VA) that operates the largest health care system in the country.

    But Trump’s hiring freeze deepened an already existing staffing crisis at VHA hospitals and clinics throughout the U.S., where there are 49,000 vacant positions.

    Union activists believe the resulting understaffing is designed to generate patient complaints and negative publicity that will cause veterans and their families to lose faith in VA-provided care.

    “Some in Congress want to underfund the VA so they can say that government doesn’t work,” says Dusten Retcher, a 29-year old Air Force veteran, who processes veterans’ benefit claims in Minneapolis. “Then they want to turn it over to the private market.”
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    Bernie Sanders, former chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee in the Senate and longtime defender of the VHA, has introduced legislation to reduce staff shortages by allocating $5 billion to new hiring. But Secretary for Veterans Affairs Dr. David Shulkin, who served in the Obama administration, is under White House and Congressional pressure to expand a program called “Choice” instead.





    Having used the VA system I do see the need for the "Choice" program.. Outsourcing?? Well if that what it takes to get the job done so be it.. Not everyone lives next to a VA Hospital. My closet VA hospital is 55 miles away.. But so far I have been happy with the Clinic that is near me.. Choice program also helps with "immediate care when needed.. There are always two sides to the story..

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    Default Re: Why Labor Is Fighting to Save Veterans’ Healthcare

    My neighbor, a disabled Vietnam Veteran, passed away yesterday from liver and bile duct cancer. He was 68 and died only 19 days after being diagnosed. His wife is very thankful for the great treatment and care he was given by the VA.
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    Default Re: Why Labor Is Fighting to Save Veterans’ Healthcare

    Quote Originally Posted by 2631 View Post
    My neighbor, a disabled Vietnam Veteran, passed away yesterday from liver and bile duct cancer. He was 68 and died only 19 days after being diagnosed. His wife is very thankful for the great treatment and care he was given by the VA.
    Brother, you may remember the loss of my father a few years back. He was being treated for pulmonary fibrosis at the VA. He received excellent care before his passing and the care and compassion they showed my entire family as we witnessed his passing still leaves me in awe. I know not every Veteran has been as fortunate as us to have that experience but I sure wish everyone could.

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