FRA National President Testifies on Capitol Hill
FRA National President (NP)
Mark Kilgore testified before a joint hearing of the House and Senate
Veterans Affairs Committees this week, asking Congress to work to reduce
the growing backlog of disability claims at the Department of Veterans
Affairs (VA), expand presumption for Blue Water Vietnam veterans exposed
to Agent Orange herbicide while serving off the cost of Vietnam, and
allow the VA to be reimbursed by Medicare for services provided to
Medicare-eligible veterans. Kilgore also told the committees of his
personal experiences as a VA Priority Group I and TRICARE Prime patient
and the difficulties created by the lack of a fully-interoperable
electronic health record, characterizing the recent joint announcement
that DoD and VA are abandoning their plans to create a single electronic
medical record for active duty personnel and veterans as “not
NP Kilgore expressed support
for making the “doc fix” permanent, and cited other issues
addressed in the Association’s full statement, including full
concurrent receipt for all disabled military retirees, expanded suicide
prevention programs, veteran’s status for Reserve Component with
20 or more years of service, and reform of the Uniform Services Former
Spouse Protection Act (USFSPA).
here to read FRA’s full statement.
press release about NP Kilgore’s testimony is available here.