VFW Against Candidate’s Call to Eliminate the VA
'It provides an irreplaceable service to the nation’s wounded, ill and injured veterans'
August 27, 2015
WASHINGTON — The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is 100 percent
against suggestions made by Dr. Ben Carson to eliminate the Department of
Veterans Affairs by moving it under the Department of Defense. The presidential
candidate’s remark was made while appearing on the nationally syndicated Dave
Ramsey radio program yesterday.
While discussing how to reduce the size of government, Carson
questioned why there is a VA, that what it does “should be folded in under the
Department of Defense,” that veterans should be given health savings accounts
and sent out into the economy, and that VA facilities should be used just for
specialized care for traumatic brain injury, limb replacements and research.
“I could not disagree with Dr. Carson more,” said John A. Biedrzycki
Jr., the national commander of the 1.7 million-member VFW and its Auxiliaries.
“The Defense Department’s focus in the personnel realm is on
recruiting and retention. Taking care of veterans is a mission they gladly cede
to the VA, which provides a continuum and continuity of care that is unmatched
anywhere,” he explained. “To suggest that disabled veterans could be sent out
into the economy with a health savings account card overlooks the fact that
civilian health care has waiting lists of their own, that private practices
often limit the number of government plan patients they accept due to low
reimbursement rates, and presupposes that civilian doctors have the same
skillsets as VA doctors, who see veterans of every age and malady every day.
And to suggest that VA medical facilities should only be used for traumatic
brain injuries, limb replacements and research ignores the entire mission and
purpose of the VA,” he said.
“The VFW is 100 percent against any effort to privatize or diminish
the effectiveness of the VA,” said Biedrzycki. “It provides an irreplaceable
service to the nation’s wounded, ill and injured veterans, and my organization
will not let any candidate for any office suggest anything otherwise.”
comments at https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=814&v=VfGQG7oH-CY.
ABOUT THE VFW: The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is a nonprofit
veterans service organization comprised of eligible veterans and military
service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. Founded in 1899 and
chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is the nation's largest organization of
war veterans and its oldest major veterans organization. With more than 1.7
million VFW and Auxiliary members located in more than 6,800 Posts worldwide, “NO
ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS.” The VFW and its Auxiliaries are dedicated to
veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service
programs. For more information or to join, visit our website at www.vfw.org.
Contact: Joe Davis, Director of Public Affairs, VFW Washington Office, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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