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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Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities Joe Wilson (SC-02) made the following statement regarding President Obama’s veto of H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016.
Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities Joe Wilson (SC-02) made the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016.
(W. Columbia) – On Monday, August 24, 2015, Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) will embark on his annual district Bus Tour. Congressman Wilson will travel throughout South Carolina's Second Congressional District to visit with constituents, discuss their concerns, and share news of his work in Congress.
NOTE: Not all stops are media accessible. Any media wishing to attend should contact Leacy Burke with Congressman Wilson’s office at email@example.com
W. COLUMBIA, S.C. – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after attending the change of command at Fort Jackson today:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement in recognition of Memorial Day:
"Today, we remember and honor those who have served this nation to protect and defend the freedoms we cherish. As we reflect on the heroism and devotion of the many brave service men and women who gave their lives in defense of our nation, we must never forget to thank and pray for their families and loved ones. This Memorial Day, let us take the time to show our appreciation for the service and sacrifice of America’s heroes."