Our nation should support the men and women who put their lives on the line for our country. As a veteran of two wars myself, I truly believe they have earned it by serving our country, but I understand that we can't just throw money at this problem. The system needs to be reformed to put the veteran in control of their own health care and allow them to go to doctors they know and trust. With over 95,000 veterans, the most of any congressional district in NC, this will help put much needed money into local health care systems throughout the 3rd District improving health care for not only veterans and their families, but for everyone.
The current VA system is asking for almost $200 BILLION to take care of a population of around 20 million, a population which is expected to shrink in the coming years. By fundamentally transforming the system we can improve care, have better outcomes and control costs. While transforming the VA we should maintain several outstanding VA hospital centers as acute care facilities and most importantly, research facilities on issues unique to our veterans.