Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Calls for the Passage of S.2450

Summer 2014

The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) strongly supports legislative initiative S. 2450, the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014. Our veterans have earned their right to quality care delivered in a timely manner, and we believe that this legislation offers an effective solution to the issues that have plagued the VA Healthcare System.

This legislation is the first step in fixing the abuses which have caused VA to fail our veterans. It removes scheduling and wait-time metrics from the factors determining employee performance awards, it allows an independent third party to step in and assess the current functions of each VA medical facility, authorizes additional VA medical leases to expand care capacity, and it gives veterans in need of immediate care access to outside medical facilities.

We are also pleased that S. 2450 incorporates the Military Coalition goals of establishing an in-state tuition rate for all veterans eligible for the Post-9/11 and Montgomery GI Bills, and opens the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship to OIF-OEF-OND surviving spouses.

Our veterans and their families have made enormous sacrifices in service of our country, and the recent VA scandal has shattered their trust in the department entrusted with their care. We believe S. 2450 is the kind of legislation we need to begin to restore this trust. We urge Congress to move forward in its passage.

About Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America
Founded in 1896, the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America is one of oldest active veterans’ organizations in America. JWV is dedicated to upholding America’s democratic traditions and fighting bigotry, prejudice, injustice, and discrimination of all kinds. As a national organization, JWV represents the voice of America’s Jewish veterans on issues related to veterans’ benefits, foreign policy, and national security. JWV also commits itself to the assistance of oppressed Jews worldwide.

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