IMMEDIATE RELEASE





Press Release

May 7, 2004

No. 04-032


Contact:
Mokie Porter

(301) 585-4000
Ext. 146

 

VVA to Give Careful Consideration to VA Secretary’s Decisions
On Proposals to Modernize Veterans Health Care System



(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 added.

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