Funding Agreement for Choice Program and VA Heads to President

National VFW - 8/7/2017

Last week, the VFW asked its members and supporters to call their Representatives and demand they vote "NO” on S.114, which called for the gradual privatization of veterans’ health care. The troubling bill would have sent billions of dollars into the private sector, using veterans' benefits to pay for it. This call to action worked and the House voted down S.114. The VFW then worked with Congress on an amendment to S.114 to fix the funding shortfall of the Choice Program, but also make urgently needed improvements to VA’s health care system, such as improving hiring and training for VA doctors and authorizing VA to enter into 28 leases for medical facilities. The VFW supported the amendment to S.114 which cleared the House of Representatives last week with a 405-0 vote and passed the Senate this week with no objections. This could not have been accomplished without direct support of VFW members, its supporters and partner veterans’ organizations who also took part in the fight against VA privatization. The bill must be signed by President Trump before August 15, 2017, when the Choice Program is scheduled to expire.