America: home of the free because of the brave. We must take care of our veterans and military families as they protect our freedoms.
While the Choice program is important for solving the issue of long waits at VA Hospitals, privatization cannot become a substitute for the federal government’s role as a full-service network attuned the to distinct needs of veterans. Our veterans and their families need the fullest support and care, which could be solved by Medicare-for-All.
Addressing Mental Health is vital to helping our veteran population. PTSD, depression, and suicide are epidemics in the veteran community, and there aren’t enough clinical resources to assist veterans with their treatment needs. We must attract trained psychiatrists, therapists, social workers, and nurses by offering competitive salaries and streamlining the hiring process. Moreover, the societal stigma surrounding mental health issues results in many veterans waiting too long before seeking treatment. By making mental-health services readily available to our military and veterans, along with openly discussing the issues, we can change this culture.
In terms of Career Readiness, many veterans find that their military skill certifications do not transfer into the civilian economy. As a result, many veterans must obtain additional schooling before they can work in civilian trades that are very similar to their military duties. By offering certifications that transfer to the civilian economy, we’ll ensure that veterans have the economic opportunities they deserve upon discharging from the military.
We also must protect our soldiers by keeping them out of harm’s way. Our soldiers should only fight when American lives or freedom are on the line.