Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, a Republican from Florida, unveiled new legislation on Wednesday that aims to safeguard injured veterans and increase the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) transparency according to a new report from The Daily Caller.
The “Send Them Treat Them Act,” aims to significantly improve the lives of veterans.
According to the proposed legislation, the VA would explicitly have to change its Disability Claim Form in order to incorporate data on the worth of accessible Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQ).
The Disability Claim Form must include how veterans have the option to submit the DBQ form, completed by any doctor of their choosing, as part of their supporting medical evidence if the bill is approved.
“As a veteran myself, the lack of transparency coming from the VA has always been very concerning to me, especially when wounded veterans are trying to file disability claims. Those who have served our nation courageously should be receiving the best care possible and we shouldn’t settle for anything less. My legislation ensures that those who are wounded in the service of our country have access to the highest quality of care which they rightfully deserve,” Luna reportedly said in a statement.
The form would provide both online and offline access options for veterans. The VA’s website must be updated as well, according to the measure.
The legislation has the support of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and is co-sponsored by Republican Representative Barry Moore of Alabama.
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