In today’s Federal Newscast, the House passes the VA MISSION Act, which would give the Veterans Affairs Department a long-awaited alternative to the Choice program and consolidates all seven community care programs.
Anchored in big, old-fashioned hospitals, VA lacks flexibility to offer more localized care, in more fine-tuned facilities.
The Veterans First Act is a bipartisan omnibus bill that addresses problems within the Veterans Affairs Department. Everything from accountability to whistleblower protections is included in the package, along with major changes to the health care program for veterans, educational benefits and help for survivors.
Thanks to the flawed Choice Act Congress hastily passed in 2014, SESers exist in a sort of twilight of civil service protection.