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Congressman Warren Davidson

Representing the 8th Congressional District of Ohio

Veterans

Our veterans put their lives on the line to protect America. As a former Army Ranger, I believe our country has a solemn obligation to our veterans. Unfortunately, right now we are failing them. 

The current state of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is an insult to our veterans. While many do receive care in an honorable fashion. Others are neglected or receive subpar care. The congressional response to the scandals in VA care has been more money. This has only treated the symptoms, not the cause of the problems.

My first bill, the Lead by Example Act, would put members of Congress and their staff on VA provided healthcare. This will spurn the solution to the VA crisis - prolonged and intense Congressional scrutiny. When healthcare for our veterans is good enough for members of Congress, we know we have made right on our commitment as a nation to care for our veterans.

 

More on Veterans

November 29, 2016 Press Release
Today, the House of Representatives passed the WINGMAN Act (H.R. 5166). The bill will allow Congressional employees to access the Department of Veterans Affairs claims records system in an effort to help provide benefits. Each Congressional office employs several individuals as caseworkers to assist and advocate on behalf of constituents in dealing with federal agencies.
September 14, 2016 Press Release
“Today’s vote shows that the House of Representatives is working to fix the VA and improve care for our veterans. While I was proud to support this bill and happy to see it pass the House, we have seen legislation like this fail to become law all too often because of inaction in the Senate. Clearly, we need to change the dynamic in Congress. Fixing the VA is a bipartisan issue in campaigns across the country. The bill I introduced on Tuesday, September 13, the Lead by Example Act, would address this problem by ensuring that all of Congress has a vested interest in finally fixing the VA. Our veterans know better than anyone that we cannot afford to wait to enact reform. They are counting on us to lead by example and stand with them in solidarity.”
September 13, 2016 In The News
No veterans should go without quality health care after the sacrifices they have made for our country. . . . The way our veterans have been treated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a crime. . . . We are morally bankrupt as a nation if we cannot care for our veterans. We all have heard elected officials make these statements. At this point, they have become platitudes. If a poll were conducted, 100 percent of Congress would agree with them. But despite the rhetorical consensus on providing care for our veterans, VA care has not improved adequately. Over the years, seven different programs have been created that allow veterans to seek care outside of VA hospitals, but veterans are still dying as they wait for care, getting shuffled around and lost in the bureaucracy.
September 13, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Representative Warren Davidson (R-OH) today introduced the Lead by Example Act, a measure that would require all members of Congress and their staff to receive healthcare from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). After news of the VA scandal broke, Congressional action both increased funding and created additional programs to address the systematic problems in care. Despite both these actions, problems persist.
September 13, 2016 Op-Ed
No veterans should go without quality health care after the sacrifices they have made for our country. . . . The way our veterans have been treated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a crime. . . . We are morally bankrupt as a nation if we cannot care for our veterans. We all have heard elected officials make these statements. At this point, they have become platitudes. If a poll were conducted, 100 percent of Congress would agree with them. But despite the rhetorical consensus on providing care for our veterans, VA care has not improved adequately. Over the years, seven different programs have been created that allow veterans to seek care outside of VA hospitals, but veterans are still dying as they wait for care, getting shuffled around and lost in the bureaucracy.