Save Our VA!
Veterans For Peace has an active working group that is busy educating other veterans on the dangers of privatization and advocating to stop these efforts and instead push for Fixing and Fully Funding the VA. Veterans For Peace has SAVE OUR VA ACTION TEAMS all over the country, flyering and protesting outside of VA Hospitals, submitting resolutions, visiting congressional leaders!
Make sure to check out our ACTION page to get resources and more!
To get involved in the Working Group, please contact Coordinator Skip Delano at firstname.lastname@example.org
Background on VA Privatization
There are 22 million veterans in America. Of those 22 million, 9 million are enrolled in VA care, and 7 million get some or all of their care in VA hospitals. In addition, there are 45,000 vacant positions at VA hospitals across America. Most are vacant doctor, nurse & mental health positions. As VA vacancies go up, vet care goes down.
Since 2014, when the CHOICE program began, millions of vets have been sent into the private healthcare sector, and nearly 40% of all outpatient doctor visits have been routed into private healthcare. Many vets are dissatisfied with CHOICE and wait times for some vets are as long or longer in the private sector than they are at the VA.
THE PASSAGE OF THE 2018 MISSION ACT CONTINUES THE CHOICE PROGRAM AND THREATENS to drastically change how veterans receive healthcare. The Veterans Health Administration is under attack by groups who are encouraging the elimination of government programs and pushing the idea that only the private sector 'works'. In surveys by Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) & Disabled Am. Veterans (DAV), a vast majority of vets say they don't want private care – they want their VA doctors & nurses.