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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.

 

 

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December 20, 2018 Press Release

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Kennedy (R-LA), and U.S. Representative Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that the Lake Charles Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) will be renamed in honor of Kinder, Louisiana, native Douglas Fournet, a U.S. Army first lieutenant who gave his life in the Vietnam War and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 1970.

Cassidy, Kennedy and Higgins introduced legislation in September to rename the clinic, which the Senate and House passed this week. President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law in the coming days.

December 20, 2018 In The News

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The Lake Charles Community-Based Outpatient Clinic will be renamed in honor of Douglas Fournet, of Kinder.

November 30, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) is calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to quickly address issues plaguing implementation of the Forever GI Bill.

September 17, 2018 Press Release

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Kennedy (R-LA), and U.S.

September 17, 2018 In The News

Legislation to rename the Lake Charles Community-Based Outpatient Clinic after a U.S. Army first lieutenant from Kinder has been introduced by U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, John Kennedy, and U.S. Representative Clay Higgins.

July 12, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins’ (R-LA) bill to increase choice and expand access to Medical Foster Homes (MFH) for veterans unable to live independently, H.R. 5693, passed in the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee today with bipartisan support.

Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:

May 23, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Clay Higgins will host a veterans workshop in Crowley on May 29 to help veterans with questions and casework regarding a variety of benefits. Representatives from the New Orleans VA Regional Office, the Alexandria VA Health Care System, the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, the Southwest Louisiana Veterans Home, and Congressman Higgins' office will be present.

May 16, 2018 Press Release

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5674, the VA MISSION Act, which streamlines and expands several VA programs. Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) is a cosponsor of this legislation.

The VA MISSION Act: