(Washington, D.C.) – “We will carefully review and consider what VA
Secretary Anthony Principi endorses and what he rejects from the proposals
to modernize the VA’s medical infrastructure recommended by the CARES
Commission,” Thomas H. Corey, National President of Vietnam Veterans of
America (VVA) said. “The yardstick we will use to measure these decisions is
simple: Will they enhance the availability and quality of health care for
our nation’s veterans?
“We will give careful consideration to the long-term as well as the
immediate consequences of these decisions, which will set the course for the
VA’s medical operations well into the future,” Corey said.
“We can say, however, that for this restructuring to succeed, an infusion of
at least $10 billion will be needed to rebuild the infrastructure of VA
facilities over the next five to six years,” Corey added.
“VVA also wants to applaud the efforts of the CARES Commission, chaired by
Everett Alvarez, which has done a tremendous amount of work to meet its
mandate, particularly with regards to expanding ‘special needs’ services for
blinded veterans and veterans suffering from spinal cord injuries,” Corey