Thursday, August 13, 2015

Supporting our military and veterans

Congressman Randy Forbes



At the end of June, reports surfaced highlighting the severe mismanagement of funds at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). These reports re-ignited an ongoing national discussion over whether the President and his Administration are doing enough to support veterans and active duty servicemembers.

Those who applaud the Administration's efforts point to the fact that last year, in response to similar reports of mismanagement within the VA, Congress passed, and the President signed into law, the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act to provide better care for veterans and increase accountability at the VA. Veterans Affairs Secretary McDonald has also said the agency has made significant progress in the past year.

Those who believe the Administration has shown a lack of support for both our veterans and the men and women currently serving in the military, point to the fact that an enormous claims backlog still exists at the VA and many veterans continue to wait to receive the care they need and deserve. Additionally, the U.S. military has faced six years of drastic cuts under this Administration –  in fact, a few weeks ago, the Army announced plans to shrink to 450,000 active soldiers, its smallest size since World War II. Just this year, the President has threatened to veto the national security budget unless domestic agencies like the IRS and EPA receive the funding levels desired by the Administration.

As Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, Congressman Forbes has been a leading voice in the House of Representatives on the importance of adequately equipping servicemembers, caring for veterans, and strengthening national security.

Question of the Week:
 In your view, is this Administration doing enough to support our military, veterans, and active duty servicemembers?

(  ) Yes.
(  ) No.
(  ) I don't know.
(  ) Other.

Take the Poll here

Find the results of last week's InstaPoll here.


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