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Obama announces executive actions for comprehensive VA reform

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the American Legion convention in Charlotte, N.C., Aug. 26, 2014.
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the American Legion convention in Charlotte, N.C., Aug. 26, 2014.
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On Tuesday at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C. while speaking at the American Legion convention, U.S. President Barack Obama announced the upcoming release of 19 executive actions designed to fix the broken Veterans Administration system by addressing numerous issues affecting America’s veterans, including physical and mental health care, homelessness, unemployment and education.

“The Legion and other veterans groups have said, once veterans get in the door the care you receive from the VA is often very good,” President Obama remarked. He continued, “The specialized care is among the best in the world. And many of the hardworking folks at the VA are veterans themselves; veterans serving veterans. And we can never thank them enough for their good work.”

“What we’ve come to learn is that the misconduct we've seen at too many facilities, with long wait times, and veterans denied care, and folks cooking the books, is outrageous and inexcusable,” President Obama added straightforwardly.

In addition, a fact sheet released by the White House on Tuesday noted in extreme detail the executive actions planned by the Obama administration to help veterans in numerous ways in order to, as stated on the fact sheet, “Fulfill our Promises to Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families.”

In his speech the President covered five key areas of focus for the upcoming executive actions, which include,

  • Providing adequate resources to fund veterans’ programs;
  • Making sure veterans have timely access to needed physical and mental health care tailored to the needs of the veteran, whether male or female;
  • Working through the disability backlog while at the same time updating the system to a more modern paperless one which will hasten treatment through the elimination of needless red tape;
  • Working to eliminate the “tragedy of homelessness among veterans;” and
  • Giving veterans the opportunity of home ownership by facilitating their ability to apply for affordable mortgages.

He also discussed other actions being taken by the Administration to help keep educational loan rates low for veterans, to help veterans find work in the private sector job market and to help them in the process of re-entering civilian life.

President Obama closed by stating, “This is not just a job of government. It’s not just a job of the veterans’ organizations. Every American needs to join us in taking care of those who've taken care of us.

“Everybody can do something. Every American. Every business. Every profession. Every school. Every community. Every state. All of us, as one American team. That's how we will truly honor our veterans. That's how we will truly say thank you. That's how we will uphold the sacred trust with all who've served in our name,” he added.