THE VETERAN’S ‘RIGHT TO CHOOSE’
Care of the nation’s military veterans has become a battleground itself, and one which has yielded casualties, collateral damage and revealed those missing in action. Investigations are underway, much talk is in progress, reports loom.
“My fellow veterans can’t wait the many months it may take to issue its report. They need answers, accountability and leadership from this administration and Congress now,” Sen. John McCain pointed out in the Republican Party’s weekly address.
The Arizona Republican faulted the culture within the Department of Veterans Affairs and the loss of its focus on the primary directive to look after those who have served their country with honor.
“Congress must also give VA administrators greater ability to hire and fire those charged with caring for our veterans. Most importantly, we must give veterans greater flexibility in how they get quality care in a timely manner,” Mr. McCain said. “Veterans have earned the right to choose where and when they get their medical care. And it is our responsibility to ensure that they are afforded this option.”