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Governor Corbett Meets with Veterans Groups, Repeats Call for President to Allow States to Help Reform Federal VA Facilities

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June 13, 2014

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Governor Corbett Meets with Veterans Groups, Repeats Call for President to Allow States to Help Reform Federal VA Facilities

​News for Immediate Release

June 13, 2014

Governor Corbett Meets with Veterans Groups, Repeats Call for President to Allow States to Help Reform Federal VA Facilities

 

Williamsport - After sitting down with local veterans and the leaders of several veterans advocacy groups, Governor Tom Corbett today repeated his demand for better care for our veterans at federal Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities.

"Last week, I, and five other governors from across the nation sent a letter to the president asking him to work with us to create real reform and help solve the healthcare crisis facing our veterans," Corbett said. "We still have not received a response to our request, and, with every day we have to wait, our veterans suffer."

The letter urges President Obama to allow states to conduct reviews of VHA facilities and recommend solutions by those outside of the current failed system to ensure health and safety practices worthy of our veterans.

The letter also calls for the immediate suspension of the current VHA bonus system and a redirection of that money for healthcare block grants, based upon the percentage of veterans in the state. 

Additionally, the governors are seeking federal vouchers to access non-VA health care for any veteran who is unable to secure a medical appointment within a 30-day period from the VA.

Corbett, a former member of the 28th Infantry Division of the Pennsylvania National Guard, noted that Pennsylvania is home to nearly one million veterans, making it the fourth-largest veteran population in the country.

In addition, the governor has launched an easy-to-complete, internet-based form for Pennsylvania veterans to report concerns experienced at VA hospitals and facilities in Pennsylvania. The form can be accessed at http://www.vaconcerns.pa.gov .

"I am asking Pennsylvania veterans to share their stories regarding the treatment and care at federal VA medical facilities," Corbett said. "We need to know how widespread this problem is in Pennsylvania in order to fix it, and this web form will provide us the crucial information we need to work with the federal government to secure the optimal care our veterans deserve."

The Governor's Office and the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) will compile all issues reported through the web form and forward those concerns to federal officials to help ensure that the needs of Pennsylvania veterans are addressed.

Media contacts:

Owen McEvoy, Governor's Office, 717-783-1116

Joan Nissley, DMVA, 717-861-8720

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