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.
More on Our Veterans
House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel Chairman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after receiving notification from Department of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that the Department will abandon the medal and award it as a distinguishing device:
WHAT: In an effort to better connect the veterans living in South Carolina's Second Congressional District with the resources available to them, Congressman Joe Wilson will be hosting a Veterans Fair.
WHO: Congressman Joe Wilson, veterans' organizations, government agency representatives, local employers, and various other local organizations such as: Social Security Administration, American Legion, Department of Veterans Affairs, SC National Guard, etc.
WHEN: Monday, April 22, 2013 from 10AM-2PM
The House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel held a hearing today on Mental Health Research. Chairman Joe Wilson (SC) made the following opening statement as prepared for delivery: Witness testimony can be found on the Committee Document Repository website or the HASC hearing page above. All witness testimony is as prepared for, and embargoed until delivery.
By DEDE BILES
When USC Aiken celebrated the official opening of its Veteran Student Success Center Sunday, it was fitting that the strip of fabric used in the ribbon-cutting ceremony was a patriotic red, white and blue. The facility, located in the school’s Gregg-Graniteville Library, is designed to aid men and women who served in the military in making the transition back to civilian life.
The House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel held a hearing today on the Impact of the Continuing Resolution, Sequestration, and Declining Operations and Maintenance Budgets on Military Personnel and Family Related Programs.