Hirono Attached Key Wins For Hawaii To The Ensuring Veterans Access To Care Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Mazie K. Hirono and her colleagues on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee released the Ensuring Veterans Access to Care Act today to improve administration and increase accountability at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in order to quickly expand access to medical care for veterans. The Senate is expected to take up this critical legislation this week. Hirono has hosted numerous veterans roundtables across Hawaii this year and will hold a Veterans Affairs Committee field hearing and workshops in Hawaii later this summer.
“As a member of the Senate Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs committees, I want to make sure that the spotlight isn’t on the VA just during crisis – we need to maintain constant vigilance to ensure our veterans are treated with the dignity and honor they deserve even when the cameras move on to other things,” said Hirono. “I’ve gained valuable insights from my discussions with veterans in Hawaii and will continue to advocate on their behalf every way that I can, as I have since joining the Veterans’ Committee. That includes securing funding for the Leeward Oahu VA Health Center and measures to help more Native Hawaiian veterans access the VA system into this bill. The Ensuring Veterans Access to Care Act is a step toward upholding the commitment our nation has made to caring for our veterans and I hope that the Senate can put partisan politics aside to pass this bill quickly.”
Hawaii benefits in the bill include:
Additionally, the bill will: