Target: Members of U.S. Congress
Goal: Applaud Congress for improving health care benefits for veterans
The House of Representatives recently approved a bill that would improve the quality of health care for veterans and that would overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs. The bill now moves onto the Senate where approval is expected as well.
According to a Los Angeles Daily News article, the bill costs $16.3 billion and seeks to expedite the process for veterans to access their benefits through hiring more doctors and nurses, shortening lines, and making the administration at the VA more accountable. Secondly, the bill includes a $10 billion emergency fund to allow veterans to seek outside care if there are no VA doctors available. In addition, $5 billion is allocated to hiring new staff, including doctors and nurses, and $1.3 billion is devoted to opening 27 more clinics.
A day prior to the House vote, CEO of Proctor & Gamble Robert McDonald became the new leader of the VA. McDonald has prioritized holding the VA accountable to its patients and addressing “systematic failures.” Thus, by signing the petition below, you support the bill passed by the House and support McDonald’s vision for a more transparent and efficient VA.
Dear Members of U.S. Congress,
After protecting our nation and serving overseas, veterans have often returned home only to be frustrated with long waits due to a lack of available health care professionals and a convoluted VA bureaucratic system. However, the $16.3 billion bill that was passed will improve the quality of health care benefits and the efficiency of the VA, demonstrating that taking care of our veterans is a top priority.
Once the bill goes into effect, the VA will be more efficient in its services, more clinics will be opened, more doctors and nurses will be hired, and veterans will have the option to seek other health care professionals if desired.
In addition, the Senate confirmed Proctor & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to become the new head of the VA. His vision to address “systematic failures” and make the department more accountable to the patients finally prioritizes the needs of our veterans.
Consequently, I would like to thank you for passing a bill that takes care of the men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting our country as it is our duty to care of them once they return home.
[Your Name Here]
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