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VFW Veterans Advocacy Workshop. Current Crisis. Access to Health Care Veterans off Waiting lists Timely, Quality health care Appointment Scheduling Culture of cover-up Functional scheduling IT system. Current Crisis. Accountability VA must hold those responsible accountable

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Current crisis
Current Crisis

Access to Health Care

  • Veterans off Waiting lists

    • Timely, Quality health care

  • Appointment Scheduling

    • Culture of cover-up

    • Functional scheduling IT system


Current crisis1
Current Crisis

Accountability

  • VA must hold those responsible accountable

    • Broken trust

    • Illnesses going untreated

  • Prosecute to the full extent of the law

  • Restore confidence in the system


A system w orth saving
A System Worth Saving

VA Health Care System

  • Provides care for unique health care needs

    • Mental health

    • Prosthetics

    • War injuries and illnesses

  • Veterans are generally satisfied with VA care


Update on capitol hill
Update on Capitol Hill

Pass Legislation

  • Access and Accountability Act

  • National Defense Authorization Act

  • Appropriations

    Confirm New Secretary

  • Senate must hold hearing and vote

    Congressional Voting Accountability

    Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission

  • February 2015


November 2014 election
November 2014 Election

  • Open Posts to candidates and members

    • Town hall meetings, debates, candidate forums

    • Insist Veterans and military quality of life issues are discussed

  • Attend Candidate forums or town hall meetings

  • Ask hard questions

    • Where do you stand on military quality of life issues

    • What are you doing/ or will you do to ensure veterans are receiving timely, quality health care


What makes a good advocate
What Makes a Good Advocate

  • Understand the issues

    • Where to get up-to-date information

      • Action Corps Weekly, blog, testimony

    • Not just your story

      • Your story included in the big picture

  • Share that information

    • With Post, Auxiliary, family, other supporters

    • Build a network of advocates


Good advocate
Good Advocate

  • Engage with you members of Congress

    • Receive and respond to Action Alerts

      • Action alert numbers go here

    • Contact district office staff

      • They hear from constituents and work to solve local issues

    • Keep your network informed

    • Follow-up on Action Alerts

      • Hold them accountable

      • Let others know how they voted



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