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Answering the Call for those who Answered the Call

September 27, 2016

As I have said many times in the past, our veterans are a national treasure. The countless sacrifices of our veterans have given us the freedom, prosperity, and way of life that makes our country the greatest in the world.

Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District is proud to be one of our nation’s most military-intensive congressional districts and home to tens of thousands of veterans who have served our country with distinction and honor. Our district is blessed to have them as a part of our community.

This week, the House continued its work to make sure our veterans have access to the care they have earned and deserve by passing:

H.R. 5162, the Vet Connect Act of 2016, would require VA to share medical record information with community providers in order to provide care or treatment to a shared patient.

H.R. 5392, the No Veterans Crisis Line Call Should Go Unanswered Act, was developed in response to inspector general and media reports that VA crisis line calls were going to voice mail because of mismanagement and lazy employees. It would require VA to develop a plan to ensure that each telephone call and text message is answered in a timely manner by an appropriately qualified live person.

H.R. 3216, the VET Act, was developed after VA refused to help a veteran suffering from a broken foot into a VA emergency room. Instead, VA hospital officials told the veteran to call 911. The bill would clarify and strengthen the VA’s obligation to provide appropriate emergency care for veterans and prohibit VA from transferring a medically unstable veteran unless the veteran makes a written request to be transferred or it is clinically necessary.

Rest assured, I will continue my work to increase the quality of veteran and active duty military care to Missourians. Veterans put their lives on the line to preserve our nation’s freedom, and we owe them an immeasurable debt of gratitude.

Caring for our veterans is a major tenet of the House Republicans' Better Way agenda, as well. We have a better way to keep us safe and free. I urge you to take a moment to read about it here.