Obama Discusses Plan to Improve Veterans Care and Help Get Homeless Veterans Off the Streets

Obama Discusses Plan to Improve Veterans Care and Help Get Homeless Veterans Off the Streets

(PressMediaWire) Mason City, IA — During a town hall meeting in Mason City, U.S. Senator Barack Obama today outlined his plan to ensure that the United States keeps its sacred trust with our nation’s veterans when they return home from war. Obama’s comments came in the wake of reports the Veterans Administration (VA) has been lagging in making needed improvements it promised after deplorable conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center became public.

“It’s not enough to lay a wreath on Memorial Day, or to make a speech on Veteran’s Day,” Obama said. “When a veteran is denied health care, we are all dishonored. When 400,000 veterans are stuck on a waiting list for claims, we need a new sense of urgency in this country. And when we’ve got young veterans of a misguided war in Iraq sleeping on the streets of our cities and towns, we need a change in Washington.”

Obama said that he will improve medical care for veterans and help eliminate bureaucratic backlogs that delay disability claims by making sure that every service-member has individual electronic medical and service records that immediately transfer to the (VA) system. Obama also said he will hire additional VA claims raters and set up programs to get homeless veterans off the streets.

Obama said that he will improve medical care for veterans and help eliminate bureaucratic backlogs that delay disability claims by making sure that every service-member has individual electronic medical and service records that immediately work with the (VA) system. Obama also said he will hire additional VA claims raters and convert all veterans’ benefits paperwork into electronic records to speed up applications. Finally, Obama said he will establish a zero tolerance policy for vets falling into homelessness.

“As President, I won’t stand for hundreds of thousands of veterans waiting for benefits. We’ll hire additional claims workers,” Obama said. “We’ll bring together veterans groups and the VA to work out a claims process that is fair and fast. And instead of shutting veterans out, we’ll make sure that our disabled vets receive the benefits they deserve, and we’ll allow all veterans back into the VA health care system. And we’ll have a simple policy when it comes to homeless veterans: zero tolerance. We’ll expand housing vouchers.

We’ll set up a new supportive services program to prevent at-risk veterans and their families from sliding into homelessness. We’ll stand with veterans in their hour of need, just as they have stood up for us.”

Senator Obama is a member of the U.S. Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Oldtimer’s Comments:  Sounds good Senator!  Lets see you do it.   Here is an overview of the problem and here are some facts you should know.  If you are really interested in the homeless veterans, here is some good reading material.
 

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4 responses to “Obama Discusses Plan to Improve Veterans Care and Help Get Homeless Veterans Off the Streets

  1. Obama better cancel all existing programs for homeless veterans first. No more forced religion, no more jammed packed shelters with bunk beds built for five year olds, and no more shared group showers, no more labeling veterans mental and addicted, no more dead-end jobs and rediculous “life skills” classes. Real training and real private housing. NO MORE WAITING!

  2. August, sorry honey but real training and real housing will never happen. If it did the problem would be solved.

  3. August, I’ve researched a lot of the programs and the homeless programs could put up the homeless veterans in a nice hotel and pay for real training for 50% less than those bunk beds and all the requirements the have. these programs are all about the money to them and not the veterans. The Passadena Inn charges only $625 a month and it’s nice with fresh food while Path LA charges the VA $995 for a dorm with Rescue Mission leftovers plus about $800 more per month for useless services ( how to get a dead-end job class). I see your point.

  4. Obama is going to create hundreds of those New Directions places. I called them up and you are right. If the veteran does not partake in the 12 step groups they will refer them to other appropriate places, mainly the street or overcrowded 400 person shelter. Nothing livable. Who is the person in charge of creating this system? The Iraq war veterans are coming home without any chance at living wage job and thus are labeled addicted to drug. Something is very wrong with the VA system of helping veterans. The VA has homeless veterans twisting crate paper into roses for heavens sake and calling that job training. Someone else mentioned this on this blog. Vicky is right about none of the money goes for the veterans

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