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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Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after introducing H.R. 2907, the National Guardsmen and Reservists Parity for Patriots Act last Thursday. This bill amends the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (FY08 NDAA) to repair a loophole in eligibility for National Guard and Reserve members to receive credit towards early retirement by including any active duty service with the exception of active duty training since September 11th, 2001. Current eligibility only applies to service following the enactment of the FY08 NDAA on January 28, 2008.
Rep. Joe Wilson (SC), Chairman of the Military Personnel Subcommittee, made the following opening statement as prepared for delivery at a hearing on Department of Defense’s Challenges in Accounting for Missing Persons from Past Conflicts.
Rep. Joe Wilson (SC), Chairman of the Military Personnel Subcommittee, made the following opening statement as prepared for delivery at a hearing on Women in Service Reviews. Witness testimony can be found linked below and on the Committee Repository as prepared for delivery; the committee is no longer providing paper copies of witness testimony.
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1960, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2014. This bill authorizes and prioritizes funding for the Department of Defense (DOD) and other select national security programs within the Department of Energy (DOE) for FY2014.
“I am grateful that because of House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon’s tremendous leadership, a bipartisan group in the House has passed the National Defense Authorization Act for the 52nd consecutive year in a row.
House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel Chairman Joe Wilson issued the following statement after the House Armed Services Committee passed the Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (FY14 NDAA):