DAV meets with VA Commission on Care

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DAV legislative staff as well as Washington Headquarters Executive Director Garry Augustine met with the professional staff of the Commission on Care in mid-December, responding to the Commission staff’s request to better understand DAV’s position on necessary reforms in VA health care.

DAV has been pushing for reforms that will address challenges in the VA system and ensure the focus of all care is based on the needs of veterans. DAV is among a coalition of veterans service organizations pushing to rebuild VA’s capacity to provide timely, high quality care; restructure and consolidate VA’s community care programs into a single extended care network; realign and expand VA’s health care services to meet the needs of veterans today and in the future; and reform VA’s culture and management by increasing transparency, accountability and oversight.

“The DAV and our Independent Budget partners appreciate the opportunity to present to the Commission our Framework for Veterans Health Care Reform,” said DAV National Service and Legislative Headquarters Executive Director Garry Augustine. “We look forward to working with them to ensure their understanding of the importance of a strong and veteran-centric VA Health Care system for current and future veterans needs.”

The Commission’s final report to Congress is expected in June.