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VA Warns of Surprise Budget Gap, Insists No Delays in Care

VA Warns of Surprise Budget Gap, Insists No Delays in Care”

Congress believed they had solved this problem earlier this year, by passing an extension of the program's rules to keep it operating until late 2018.

Wyoming Congressman Liz Cheney released the following statement today saying, "I'm very proud to have supported the VA Accountability Act, which passed the House this afternoon".

A single vet with a 60% disability rating can collect up to $2,915 monthly under the program.

"For this to happen this late in the game is frustrating to me", he said. During the presidential campaign, Mr. Trump promised to fire VA employees "who let our veterans down", describing the government's second-largest agency and its more than 350,000 employees as "the most corrupt" and "incompetent". "I saw that today with just incredible dedication from employees here at this medical center". Even under these reforms, the VA can't take back bonuses and pensions unless a fired employee is convicted of a job-related felony.

The Veterans Choice Program was enacted in 2014, after revelations that ailing vets were dying on secret wait lists manipulated by VA bureaucrats.

Now that money appears to be used up, and lawmakers and Shulkin still have not unveiled their specific replacement plans.

As a partner for life, Paralyzed Veterans also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation and advocates for veterans and all people with disabilities. According to Trump, "I look forward to signing it!"

Rory Riley, a consultant who has worked with veterans groups for more than 10 years, said targeting senior executives will start the cultural change she thinks is necessary for reform of the department.

The legislation voted on creates a streamlined and efficient process to remove, demote or suspend a VA employee for poor performance or misconduct, while still protecting their due process rights.

In fairness to Shulkin, he's got pluses.

But VA officials have warned that gaps in funding could disrupt veterans medical care, potentially delaying or cancelling appointments.

Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) is the ranking member on the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee.

"This upends almost 140 years of civil service law, and makes VA employees very close to 'at will, ' which seems to be the real objective of the drafters of this provision", said J. David Cox Sr., president of the American Federation of Government Employees, at a May 17 Senate hearing.

The proposal to cut the benefit, which VA officials said averages about $1,600 a month, to about 330,000 veterans provoked furious opposition from those receiving it and from veterans service organizations.



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