This is just the beginning folks. What you read here will be enhanced over time and improved. I’m pasting this in from the Trump website because this affects us as Veterans. Please visit the Trump website for up to date info. Another reason I am pasting it in is because it is easy to read on a smartphone while PDF’s are more challenging to read. Here is the original PDF.
VETERANS ADMINISTRATION REFORMS THAT WILL MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN
The Goals Of Donald J. Trump’s Veterans Plan
The current state of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is absolutely unacceptable. Over
300,000 veterans died waiting for care. Corruption and incompetence were excused. Politicians
in Washington have done too little too slowly to fix it. This situation can never happen again,
and when Donald J. Trump is president, it will be fixed – fast.
The guiding principle of the Trump plan is ensuring veterans have convenient access to the
best quality care. To further this principle, the Trump plan will decrease wait times, improve
healthcare outcomes, and facilitate a seamless transition from service into civilian life.
The Trump Plan Will:
1. Ensure our veterans get the care they need wherever and whenever they need it. No
more long drives. No more waiting for backlogs. No more excessive red tape. Just the care
and support they earned with their service to our country.
2. Support the whole veteran, not just their physical health care, but also by addressing their
invisible wounds, investing in our service members’ post-active duty success, transforming
the VA to meet the needs of 21st century service members, and better meeting the needs of
our female veterans.
3. Make the VA great again by firing the corrupt and incompetent VA executives who let our
veterans down, by modernizing the VA, and by empowering the doctors and nurses to ensure
our veterans receive the best care available in a timely manner.
The Trump Plan Gives Veterans The Freedom To Choose And Forces The VA To Compete For Their Dollars
Politicians in Washington have tried to fix the VA by holding hearings and blindly throwing
money at the problem. None of it has worked. In fact, wait times were 50% higher this summer
than they were a year ago. That’s because the VA lacks the right leadership and management.
It’s time we stop trusting Washington politicians to fix the problems and empower our veterans
to vote with their feet.
Under a Trump Administration, all veterans eligible for VA health care can bring their veteran’s
ID card to any doctor or care facility that accepts Medicare to get the care they need
immediately. Our veterans have earned the freedom to choose better or more convenient care
from the doctor and facility of their choice. The power to choose will stop the wait time backlogs
and force the VA to improve and compete if the department wants to keep receiving veterans’
healthcare dollars. The VA will become more responsive to veterans, develop more efficient
systems, and improve the quality of care because it will have no other choice.
The Trump Plan Treats The Whole Veteran
We must care for the whole veteran, not just their physical health. We must recognize that
today’s veterans have very different needs than those of the Greatest Generation.
The Trump Plan Will:
1. Increase funding for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury and
suicide prevention services to address our veterans’ invisible wounds. Service members
are five times more likely to develop depression than civilians. They are almost fifteen times
more likely to develop PTSD than civilians. This funding will help provide more and better
counseling and care. More funding will also support research on best practices and state of
the art treatments to keep our veterans alive, healthy and whole. With these steps, the Trump
plan will help the veteran community put the unnecessary stigma surrounding mental health
behind them and instead encourage acceptance and treatment in our greater society.
2. Increase funding for job training and placement services (including incentives for
companies hiring veterans), educational support and business loans. All Americans
agree that we must do everything we can to help put our service men and women on a path to
success as they leave active duty by collaborating with the many successful non-profit
organizations that are already helping. Service members have learned valuable skills in the
military but many need help understanding how to apply those skills in civilian life. Others
know how to apply those skills but need help connecting with good jobs to support their
families. Still others have an entrepreneurial spirit and are ready to start creating jobs and
growing the economy. The Trump plan will strengthen existing programs or replace them
with more effective ones to address these needs and to get our veterans working.
3. Transform the VA to meet the needs of 21st century service members. Today’s veterans
have very different needs than those of the generations that came before them. The VA must
adapt to meet the needs of this generation of younger, more diverse veterans. The Trump
plan will expand VA services for female veterans and ensure the VA is providing the right
support for this new generation of veterans.
4. Better support our women veterans. The fact that many VA hospitals don’t permanently
staff OBGYN doctors shows an utter lack of respect for the growing number female veterans.
Under the Trump plan, every VA hospital in the country will be fully equipped with OBGYN
and other women’s health services. In addition, women veterans can always choose a
different OBGYN in their community using their veteran’s ID card.
The Trump Plan Will Make The VA Great Again
The VA health care program is a disaster. Some candidates want to get rid of it, but our veterans
need the VA to be there for them and their families. That’s why the Trump plan will:
1. Fire the corrupt and incompetent VA executives that let our veterans down. Under a
Trump Administration, there will be no job security for VA executives that enabled or
overlooked corruption and incompetence. They’re fired. New leadership will focus the VA
staff on delivering timely, top quality care and other services to our nation’s veterans. Under
a Trump Administration, exposing and addressing the VA’s inefficiencies and shortcomings
will be rewarded, not punished.
2. End waste, fraud and abuse at the VA. The Trump plan will ensure the VA is spending its
dollars wisely to provide the greatest impact for veterans and hold administrators accountable
for irresponsible spending and abuse. The days of $6.3 million for statues and fountains at
VA facilities and $300,000 for a manager to move 140 miles are over. The Trump plan will
clean up the VA’s finances so the current VA budget provides more and better care than it
3. Modernize the VA. A VA with 20th century technology cannot serve 21st century service
members and their needs. The VA has been promising to modernize for years without real
results. The Trump plan will make it happen by accelerating and expanding investments in
state of the art technology to deliver best-in-class care quickly and effectively. All veterans
should be able to conveniently schedule appointments, communicate with their doctors, and
view accurate wait times with the push of a button.
4. Empower the caregivers to ensure our veterans receive quality care quickly. Caregivers
should be able to easily streamline treatment plans across departments and utilize telehealth
tools to better serve their patients. As we have seen from the private sector, the potential for
new, innovative technology is endless. Abandoning the wasteful and archaic mindset of the
public sector will give way to tremendously effective veteran healthcare.
5. Hire more veterans to care for veterans. The more veterans we have working at the VA,
the better the VA will be. They understand the unique challenges facing their community. To
increase the number of veterans hired by the VA, this plan will add an additional 5 points to
the qualifying scores of veterans applying for VA jobs.
6. Embed satellite VA clinics in rural and other underserved areas. The Trump
Administration will embed satellite VA clinics within hospitals and other care facilities in
rural and other underserved areas. This step will ensure veterans have easy access to care and
local hospitals and care facilities can handle the influx of patients without backlogs while
tapping the specialized knowledge of VA health specialists.