U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler | E-Newsletter
District Update | October 15, 2016 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler
Help me honor veterans 

This Veteran’s Day, I want to pay tribute to our Southwest Washington heroes by sharing their stories! Please join me in honoring those who have served our country. Did you serve in the military, or do you know a Southwest Washington resident who did? I invite folks to send me photos and short stories from their military service.

It’s my duty as a Member of Congress to serve our veterans by ensuring they continue to receive the support, resources and care they’ve earned.  It’s important we remember and honor their sacrifices by sharing their stories, too.

I will be highlighting veterans on my website, jhb.house.gov, and Facebook page through the month of November. Send your materials to share.vet.stories@gmail.com or mail them to O.O. Howard House, 750 Anderson Street, Suite B, Vancouver, WA 98661. Please be sure to include a short description of branch, title, and  assignment for photos. Also, please make sure you have permission to share photos and stories before sending. 

Southwest Washington-specific VA accountability measures signed into law 

Last month, the U.S. House passed and the President signed the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill for 2017 that included accountability measures I authored to address long wait times and other issues in the Portland and Vancouver VA. While the Vancouver VA clinic should have 16 primary care physicians to serve veterans across our region, it only has 11 physicians on staff.  This staff shortage contributes to more than 10% of veterans being forced to wait 30-plus days for health care appointments, which is three times the national average. My provisions are aimed at solving this problem.

The VA insists they are trying to correct these issues, but it’s happening too slowly for Southwest Washington veterans who need quality medical care. Read more about my provisions to help improve care for veterans here.

This bill I supported includes a total of $176.9 billion in services and benefits for veterans, an increase of $14.2 billion from last year. This additional funding is meant to help the VA address management problems and health care shortages, and to increase the speed, efficiency, and effectiveness of its services to veterans.

Improving emergency care for veterans

The continued mismanagement and mistreatment of our nation’s heroes in the VA emergency rooms is absolutely unacceptable, which is why I voted for and the U.S. House of Representatives passed, the Veterans Emergency Treatment (VET) Act 2016. This legislation, written by my colleague U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse from Eastern Washington, would require the VA to provide an examination for any veteran who requests care at a VA emergency medical facility and is enrolled in the VA health care system.

Additionally, the VA would be required to provide treatment to stabilize the veteran, or immediately transfer that person to another facility for proper care. Far too many veterans have lost their lives to due to the negligence of the VA, and I firmly believe this legislation will help save lives.

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