As a nation, we have a moral obligation to provide the best quality care to those who have put their lives on the line to defend us. As a war-injured and retired 18-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Ike McCorkle knows you never leave a fellow service-person behind—on the battle field or at home.
We need to expand the VA’s Caregivers Program
- to care for spouses and children who have to rebuild lives after the loss of a loved one.
- to care for hundreds of thousands of veterans with amputations, loss of eyesight, PTSD or traumatic brain injury
- to end the terrible tragedy of veterans committing suicide.
We need to
- Fully fund and expand the VA so every veteran gets the care he or she has earned and deserves.
- End unacceptable wait times at many VA medical facilities
- Increase the number of doctors and nurses for the surging number of veterans returning from in Iraq and Afghanistan, and helping with the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Substantially improve the processing of Veterans’ claims for compensation.
- Make comprehensive dental care available to all veterans at the VA.
- End the travesty of veterans’ homelessness.
- Expand veterans’ benefits to include comprehensive dental care.
- Fully restore cuts to military pensions made by Republicans in the last budget deal.
- Help veterans get and maintain good-paying jobs.
As we transition into a universal healthcare system that ensures lower costs and higher-quality healthcare for all Americans, we need to revitalize and restructure the VA to provide veteran-specific programs and specialties, and the opportunity to see any healthcare provider they choose.