Over the past decade, our Nation has been engaged in contingencies all over the world; most notably, Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Frequent deployments and training has put a significant strain on our brave men and women in uniform, veterans and their families. As the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs rebalances and works to build efficiencies, we must ensure that we care for those who dedicated their lives to protect our freedom.
Our veterans should have the finest healthcare our nation has to offer. However, well-documented cases reveal that our VA system has failed to provide the level of care our veterans deserve and the American people expect. To help guide the Veteran’s Health Administration into the right direction, I cosponsored H.R. 4810, which passed the House of Representatives with a vote of 426 to 0. If enacted, this measure will allow a veteran to seek medical care at a non-VA facility if the wait time for an appointment exceeds the goal or if they reside more than 40 miles from a VA facility. We need to ensure that those of us in Congress, tasked with the duty of oversight, practice our due diligence and keep our Nation's veteran hospitals in line with the highest standards.
Brave men and women volunteer to serve in the military because they believe in America and her freedoms. They deserve, and we owe them, the highest level of respect and gratitude. As Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel, I am committed to protecting and advocating for our active duty, retirees, veterans, and their families and proud to serve those who have sacrificed so much.
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Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, of which Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) is the Chairman, published their proposals for tomorrow’s subcommittee markup hearing.
The Readiness Subcommittee's proposal:
Rebuilds troop readiness and makes investments in equipment maintenance by:
Rep. Joe Wilson Supports Bi-Partisan Budged Agreement that Properly Funds our Armed Services
Washington, D.C. - Today, the House passed a two-year budget agreement that finally provides critical relief from sequestration for defense and domestic spending by lifting strict budget caps, and raises the debt ceiling to ensure that the federal government can continue to pay its bills.
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after Senator McCain announced he was diagnosed with brain cancer:
"My thoughts and prayers are with Senator John McCain and his family during this time. Senator McCain is an American hero, as evidenced by his service in Vietnam and in Congress.
"I always cherish our time together on the Conference Committee of the National Defense Authorization Act promoting peace through strength. Best wishes for a swift recovery."
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), along with U.S. Representatives Joe Wilson (S.C.) and Susan Davis (Calif.), yesterday introduced the bipartisan Military Family Stability Act. The measure would increase flexibility for military families by allowing them to either move early or remain at their current duty station for up to six months while their spouse begins a new assignment.