Congressional Candidate Greg Pilkington on Veterans Affairs

Veterans Affairs

 

Veterans affairs issues should be of concern to all Americans.

I believe that our Nation has a sacred and moral responsibility to keep faith with all our veterans and wounded warriors. Those in government must work harder than ever to take care of those women and men who have put their lives on the line to defend us.  

“A Veteran Is Someone Who, at one point, wrote a blank check made payable to ‘The United States of America’ for an amount of ‘up to and including their life.”

Why is it, after decades of hollow promises by our clueless politicians that the Veteran’s Administration is still not providing our Nation’s heroes with the finest care, which they have earned?

Where is the voice of our existing congressman demanding answers from the people responsible for this disgrace?  

I will join with others on both sides of the aisle to support legislation that increases the quality and capacity of the existing VA hospital system.  

I will emphatically reject any attempt by the Republicans to sell out the needs of veterans by privatizing the VA.  Not on my watch!

Veterans with medical issues need to be able to see a doctor right away, not when it is convenient for the VA.   VA hospitals and satellite clinics with the greatest backlog must be given top priority and systems put in place to eliminate overcrowding and excessive wait times. I would propose renting nearby commercial space and placing more medical staff there until permanent VA facilities are built.  

Where is the voice of our existing congressman demanding answers when our veterans are turned away from much needed medical care due to incompetence or overcrowding at their local VA hospital?

Very simply,  the problem with the Department of Veterans Affairs is chronic underfunding.  I along with most other Democrats propose that in any future appropriation for war funding or any use of force authorization that a stipulation is included which would say that VA funding must be increased to handle the expected escalation in patients before any money is allocated anywhere else.  

Where is the voice of our existing congressman demanding answers about the 20 veterans who commit suicide, every day?  

I will push for more educational benefits and job training for our veterans.  I will work to end chronic homelessness and combat suicide along with protecting and preserving the post-9/11 GI Bill for future generations.

I will also work to ensure that reservists and Guard members are treated fairly when it comes to employment, health, education benefits, deployment, and reintegration.

My commitment will not only be to the individual veteran but to their families.  I will also open my door to representatives from veterans service organizations, such as, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.  

Through the firsthand experience of these dedicated individuals, I intend to learn the unfiltered truth about what is happening in the Department of Veterans Affairs.  In addition, I will also receive reports from a member of my staff, a veteran of the Vietnam War, who is currently receiving care at a local VA facility.

My fight for these brave men and women will not end until the Department of Veterans Affairs is fully resourced and every veteran gets the first-rate care that he or she has earned and deserves.