Trump Outlines Plan for VA Reform
In a speech given yesterday in Virginia Beach, VA, the Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump outlined his plan to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, noting it would be one of his “many and highest priorities.”
Trump’s speech hit on a number of VA-related issues and policies that have gained national attention, including patient wait times, relocation benefits and issues related to construction of a facility in Colorado.
He outlined his 10-point plan as follows:
- Appoint a VA Secretary whose sole purpose will be to serve veterans.
- Remove and discipline the federal employees and managers who have violated the public’s trust and failed to carry out their duties to veterans.
- Request that Congress pass legislation to empower the VA Secretary to discipline or terminate any employee who has jeopardized the health, safety or well-being of a veteran.
- Create a commission to investigate wrong-doing that has taken place in the VA, and present these findings to Congress to encourage legislative reform.
- Strengthen whistleblower protections by protecting and promoting honest employees at the VA
- Create a private White House hotline, which will be staffed 24-hours a day, for veteran to lodge complaints of wrongdoing at the VA so no valid complaint falls through the cracks.
- Stop giving bonuses to VA employees wasting money, and reward employees who cut waste and improve services.
- Reform the visa program so veterans are at the front of the line for health services.
- Increase the number of mental health care professionals and increase outreach to veterans outside of the system.
- Ensure every veteran has the choice to seek care at the VA or at a private medical provider of their choice.
“One of the most important reforms we can make is accountability,” said Trump. “Right now, when VA employees fail our Veterans, you can’t discipline them. That’s because of outdated civil service rules in need of reform.”
House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL), who has introduced a number of accountability proposals, joined Trump at the event.
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