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Foster Votes To Improve Care For Veterans

Jul 30, 2014
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bill Foster voted for H.R.3230, the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014. The legislation, which passed with strong bipartisan support, will improve care for veterans and increase accountability at VA facilities.

“Our veterans put their lives on the line for our country, and they deserve the best care available when they come home.  We must ensure our veterans are getting the care and respect they have earned,” said Foster. “I am pleased Congress was able to come together to pass this bipartisan legislation that will improve care for veterans and increase accountability at VA facilities.”

To improve veterans’ care, this legislation will authorize veterans to receive care outside of the VA if they are unable to get an appointment at a VA facility within 30 days, or if they live more than 40 miles from the nearest VA facility.  The legislation will also provide $5 billion to increase capacity at VA facilities by hiring more physicians and other medical staff.

Additionally, this legislation will improve education benefits for veterans and their families by encouraging public colleges to offer in-state tuition rates to veterans and their eligible dependents.  It will also expand education benefits for spouses of service members who died in the line of duty after 9/11.