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Begich Applauds Executive Actions on Improving Benefits to Veterans and Military Families


Will Use Role on Veterans Affairs Committee to Make Sure Veterans Get the Benefits They Earned

U.S. Senator Mark Begich today said he is pleased the Obama Administration is following up on recent work in Congress by taking Executive Actions focused on delivering improved benefits to our veterans and military families. 

“I am glad to see the White House build on recent moves, such as the Veterans’ Reform Act, which I championed, and take steps to improve care and benefits for our military members and veterans,” said Begich. “Working to improve services for military men and women, as well as our veterans, is one of my top priorities and I will not shy away from using my role on the Veterans Affairs Committee to make sure current and former service members receive the benefits they have earned.”

There were 19 executive actions announced today that include initiatives to:

Deliver the quality health care veterans have been promised

  • This includes improving access to care by reducing wait list times;
  • Improving accountability and transparency within the VA by setting up an independent review board;
  • Improving mental health services for service members and veterans;

Ensure all veterans have every opportunity to pursue the American Dream

  • Includes a partnership with banks to cut red tape and establish steps to reduce the burden on service members in enrolling in financial protection programs;
  • Ensure active-duty military receives quality education as well as student debt relief;
  • Includes programs that will allow military officials transitioning to civilian life ability to use experience to get access to job training and employment centers;

Provide the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with the resources our veterans deserve

  • Implementation of the Veterans’ Reform Act, passed on August 7, 2014 (also known as the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014)

Protect the dignity and rights of all veterans;

  • Includes programs that will combat veterans’ homelessness

For a full list of executive actions and a detailed fact sheet visit the White House website.

For a detailed look at Begich’s work on veterans’ issues, including his recent work on the Conference Committee to pass into law the Veterans Reform Act, which had several provisions Begich championed in Alaska, please visit his Senate website.

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