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In anticipation of the upcoming presidential election, Military Times partnered with a dozen veterans organizations earlier this year to ask the major party candidates about their views on key issues facing the veterans community. STORY BY Leo Shane III
Question from The American Legion: The American Legion has long made a top priority of improved access to high-quality VA health care. Timely access is impeded due to VA’s well-documented shortage of nurses and other key medical providers.
Now, with the coronavirus pandemic straining the system, what will your administration do to keep improving access to normal medical care — a promise of the MISSION Act — at this time of high and complicated demand for beds and specialized care?
Trump: My budget reflects my priority for our veterans and my budget requests for VA in 2021 was the largest in the agency’s history. VA has over 397,000 onboard employees today, about 50,000 more employees than it had five years ago under Obama-Biden.
VA telehealth has also grown like never before. VA delivered more than 2 million episodes of telehealth care in fiscal 2019. This year to date, VA has delivered more than 9 million telehealth episodes to date, including over 1.1 million virtual mental health appointments.
Biden: Providing the highest quality medical care in the best facilities in the world is an essential part of fulfilling our sacred obligation to our veterans. We have to start by restoring and protecting trust in the VA. As president, I promise you always to fight as I always have for world-class veterans-oriented and veteran-centered health care:
* making sure that VA staff has the life-saving PPE they need;
* making sure the rest of the system has the resources it needs to keep caring for everyone else;
* ensuring quality care throughout the community care network;
* expanding access to telemedicine, especially in rural and under-served areas;
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What a tremendous success! Due to the impacts of the COVID pandemic, we were forced to cancel our annual charity golf tournament in support of the Semper Fi/America's Fund. We may not have played golf & shared a great lunch, but we could still provide support to such a tremendous organization. In order to do that, we held our first on-line auction, a 5-day event, that had the support of so many! The results, well, we raised $12,091! Our thanks to everyone who registered, a special thanks to all those that purchased items, and a special recognition & thanks to all those individuals who donated items for the auction a huge success.
A symmetric threats are multidimensional and include “military operations [that involve] the application of dissimilar strategies, tactics, capabilities, and methods to circumvent or negate an opponent’s strengths while exploiting his weaknesses.”1 Today, these asymmetric threats increasingly threaten U.S. security and interests and include transnational crime, terrorism, and the destabilization of sovereign, friendly nations by internal as well as external forces. Further, these asymmetric approaches seek a psychological impact that affects an opponent’s advantage and/or freedom of movement and are applied at all levels of warfare. ARTICLE CLICK HERE
Named after Maj. Frank Tejeda (USMC), this award was created to honor those members of Congress that display the highest level of commitment to addressing issue effecting veterans and service members. Maj. Frank Tejeda embodied a level of commitment to our men and women in uniform, which stemmed from his own service in the Corps. He also served his Texas community as an attorney, Texas State Representative, Senator, and ultimately as a United States Congressman from the 28th District of Texas.
Rep. Kline served as a Marine Corps officer for 25 years. He was a Naval Aviator, flying “Marine One” for President Ronald Reagan and he was the Marine Military Aide to both Presidents Carter and Reagan, where he was responsible for carrying the “football.”
As the Congressman from Minnesota, he serves on the House Armed Service Committee, fighting for veterans on a variety of issues including: VA healthcare reform, ensuring Tricare coverage and funding, and protecting victims of sexual assault in the National Guard.
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