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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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