WASHINGTON, May 25, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate approved the MISSION Act – with a strong vote of 92-5. This legislation is considered one of the largest and most comprehensive reform bills ever passed. The bill, expected to be signed quickly into law by President Donald Trump, creates improved authority for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to recruit, retain, and train physicians and health care staff and reforms how the agency can leverage community providers to help meet veterans' health needs. Warriors will also have better access to walk-in care and telehealth services.
WWP worked closely with Congress, VA, the White House, and a small group of other veterans service organizations to negotiate the details of this historic bill. WWP is proud to have mobilized thousands of warriors to advocate on behalf of themselves. More than 10,000 wounded veterans signed a petition to advocate for the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the bill and generated over 5,000 letters to every U.S. senator in Congress requesting passage.
"The efforts of our warriors and partners are an incredible example of the power of community," said René Bardorf, WWP senior vice president of government and community relations. "This bill will impact the lives of millions of veterans and their families and will help ensure they receive the care they have earned and deserve."
WWP applauds House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman, Phil Roe (R-TN), and the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, especially the Chairman, Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and Ranking Member, Jon Tester (D-MT), for their tireless efforts to ensure our veterans have access to the best care possible.
This Memorial Day, WWP joins our nation in heartfelt remembrance of our fallen warriors and honors their sacrifice and that of their families.
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