Several plans are underway to improve the experience at the VA throughout the country.
One plan that is on the table includes eliminating the 40 miles/30 days rules and establishing new procedures for scheduling appointments and repaying private-sector physicians.
Other plans slated for improvement include infrastructure enhancements; enhanced treatment of mental health disorders including PTSD and TBI, veteran-related research, and care and treatment for spinal cord injuries and amputations; tackling suicide prevention; electronic medical record modernization; and better coordination with the Department of Defense on health-related issues.
VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin has placed an emphasis on increasing mental health care services to veterans with administrative other-than-honorable discharges.
Also kept in mind are the various pieces of legislation in Congress including allowing veterans exposed to toxic substances in classified incidents to gain access to their military records to apply for disability benefits and VA health care; providing toxic exposure benefits to the children of male (currently only female) Vietnam veterans who are afflicted with certain birth defects; and Vietnamese immigrants, among many other laws.
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