May 23, 2018

Duckworth Statement on VA Mission Act


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement in support of the bipartisan John S. McCain III, Daniel K. Akaka and Samuel R. Johnson VA MISSION Act of 2018, which the Senate is scheduled to vote on this afternoon:

“This is a bipartisan, pragmatic compromise that ensures Veterans using the Choice program can continue to receive their medical care without fear of the program expiring this month, and it establishes the comprehensive Community Care program to improve access to care for Veterans no matter where they live while maintaining VA’s mission as the principle coordinator of care. That is essential considering VA’s unique understanding of the health needs of Veterans that result from years of military service. This bipartisan legislation also makes it easier for VA to fill critical vacancies in rural and underserved communities, and it expands the family caregivers program to include those who care for Veterans from all eras. I know from personal experience that caregivers are not just healthcare providers, they are an essential part of a Veteran’s support system and this expansion is long overdue. I thank my colleagues, including Senators Isakson and Tester, for their work on this legislation and for their strong advocacy on behalf of our nation’s Veterans.”