Good start, but we still need to CLEAN HOUSE at the V.A….they should be among the BEST, not the worst.
Earlier today President Trump delivered on a reform promise to Veterans who are regionally impacted by poor healthcare options/providers within the VA system. This is a really big deal.
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. We’re honored to join and be joined today by some absolutely tremendous people and great veterans. Thanks, as well — and I have to thank them dearly — but as well to Representative Phil Roe. Where is he? What a job you’ve done. And all the members of Congress who worked on the bill that we’re about to sign. Such an important bill.
I especially want to thank Senator John McCain and Senator Johnny Isaacson. They have been incredible in working with us. Let me also welcome my good friend, Florida Governor Rick Scott, a Navy veteran who’s here with us to represent more than a million veterans from the state of Florida. We’re also joined by the leaders of a number of veterans groups. I want to thank all of them for being here and all of the tremendous and important work that they do. We would not be here if it weren’t for them, I can tell you that.
Finally, I want to thank our Secretary of the VA, David Shulkin, who, by the way, was approved with a vote of 100 to nothing. That’s shocking, right? (Laughter.) One hundred to nothing, really. Now, you wouldn’t be getting 100 to nothing. (Laughter.)
We met earlier today in the Oval Office, and Secretary Shulkin updated me on the massive and chronic challenge he inherited at the VA, but also the great progress that he is making. He’s got a group of people that are phenomenal at the VA. It’s one of my most important things. 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.
And, actually, next week, on Thursday at 2 o’clock, we’re going to have a news conference with David and some others to tell you about all of the tremendous things that are happening at the VA and what we’ve done in terms of progress and achievement.
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.
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.
This new law is a good start, but there is still much work to do. We will fight each and every day to deliver the long-awaited reforms our veterans deserve, and to protect those who have so courageously protected each and every one of us.
So we’ve made a lot of strides for the veterans. These are, like, the most incredible people we have in our country as far as I’m concerned, and they have not been taken care of properly.