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Veterans

"As a veteran and a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, I am committed to streamlining and modernizing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and will focus on improving the Veterans Health Administration to better serve our veterans and their families."

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is plagued by reports of flawed governance, inadequate facilities, insufficient staffing, antiquated IT systems, falsified records, claims processing backlogs, and long wait-times.

The Veterans Health Administration’s focus on hospital-centered care does not reflect modern community-focused care. We no longer require rows of inpatient beds in massive hospitals – we require a flexible system that addresses individuals’ unique needs.  The needs of our veterans are not being met and these inadequacies are unacceptable. Veterans and their families have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and we must uphold our promises to them.  It is time we focus on supporting our veterans, rather than supporting a system that hasn’t kept up. We must address the priorities of today’s population by ensuring the money follows the veteran. I am committed to reviewing programs to see how our veterans can be better served.

 

 

More on Veterans

July 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following response to passage of H.R. 3219, the Make America Secure Appropriations Act for FY 18.

July 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) has introduced H.R. 3308, a bill calling for improvements and consolidation of two veteran caregiver programs within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).
 
These programs – General Caregiver Support Services and Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers – provide assistance and support services as well as counseling, training, and mental health services for immediate family members and caregivers of disabled veterans.
 

June 25, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement after President Trump signed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblowers Protection Act of 2017 into law.

June 7, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) introduced the Veterans Emergency Room Relief Act of 2017 in the U.S. House of Representatives this week, which would require the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) to pay for care provided to our nation’s Veterans in urgent care centers. U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) has introduced companion legislation in the U.S. Senate.
 

May 30, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins was in Carencro on Monday to participate in several Memorial Day ceremonies taking place across Acadiana.

Higgins spoke  to a group of veterans and local residents at Walters Funeral home. 

Owner Gene Walters, a U.S. Army Veteran and a three-time Purple Heart recipient, invited Higgins and others to honor those who died serving their country.

April 28, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins, R-LA, issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s executive order to improve accountability and protect whistleblowers at the VA.

April 6, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Clay Higgins, R-LA, has introduced legislation directing the Comptroller General of the United States to periodically audit the Veterans Health Administration.

The legislation is a response to the grossly inadequate treatment of U.S. veterans caused by a lack of responsiveness from administrators at the VHA.

March 17, 2017 Video

I am greatly encouraged by the new VA Secretary David Shulkin's plans to give Veterans greater access to private care. As a member of the VA Committee, I had the opportunity to ask Sec. Shulkin about funding for Family Care Givers.