Congresswoman Shelley Berkley today praised an announcement by the White House that the Veterans' Administration (VA) will continue covering the cost of care for veterans who are injured or disabled in the line of duty.
"Caring for our veterans is not an option, it's our duty as Americans, and I am very pleased that President Obama has affirmed his commitment to maintaining current VA policy when it comes to treating those who are injured or disabled as a result of military service," said Berkley. "There is no question we are in a time of tight budgets, but that means we will just have to work a little harder to make sure we are providing the funding needed to deliver top quality care to veterans who were disabled or injured while on activity duty. This is not the first time an idea has surfaced in budget talks, only to be shelved as unworkable. That is what I believed would happen from the outset, and I am very glad the White House has now made that 100% clear."
The White House declared this afternoon in a statement that there would be no change in VA policy regarding the cost of medical care for veterans who were disabled or injured while on activity duty.
Berkley joined with House colleagues earlier this week in sending a letter raising concerns about the idea of billing private insurance for care provided to veterans for service-connected injuries and disabilities. In the letter, Berkley urged the White House not to move ahead on any proposal to bill veterans' personal insurers for care or treatment of disability or injuries incurred as a result of honorable military service to the United States.