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President Trump Signs 'Veterans Choice Improvement Act'

| by Ray Brown
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President Donald Trump signed a bill that extends a program to allow veterans to seek medical attention in the private sector and allow the bill to be paid for with their Veterans Administration benefits.

‶I've been telling all of our friends at speeches and rallies for two years about the VA, how we're going to turn it around, and we're doing that," the president said, according to the Military Times.

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The President of the United States added: "So this is called the Choice Program Improvement Act. It speaks for itself. This bill will extend and improve the Veterans Choice Program so that more veterans can see the doctor of their choice - you got it? The doctor of their choice - and you don't have to wait and travel long distances for VA care."

The legislation that Trump signed ‶eliminates the August 2017 expiration, streamlines the process between the VA and community providers, and reduces the burden on veterans and the community providers who serve them,″ said Republican Kansas Sen. Jerry Mora in an opinion piece on FoxNews.com that was reported by the Daily Caller.

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‶We must never go back to the pre-scandal days where a VA bureaucrat had the final say as to where and when a veteran got their health care,″ Moran said. ‶We will continue working with our colleagues in the Senate and the new administration to follow through on our commitment to those who have borne the price of battle for our nation.″

‶The veterans have poured out their sweat and blood and tears for this country for so long, and it's time that they're recognized, and it's time that we now take care of them, and take care of them properly.,″ Trump said, according to the White House website.

He continued: ‶That's why I'm pleased today to sign into law the Veterans Choice Program Improvement Act. So this is called the Choice Program Improvement Act.  It speaks for itself.  This bill will extend and improve the Veterans Choice Program so that more veterans can see the doctor of their choice - you got it? The doctor of their choice - and don’t have to wait and travel long distances for VA care. Some people have to travel five hours, eight hours, and they'll have to do it on a weekly basis, and even worse than that. It's not going to happen anymore.″

Sources: Military Times, Fox News/ Photo Credit: Michael Vadon/Flickr

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