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April 27, 2018

Statement by VA Acting Secretary Robert Wilkie - Congressional Action on Veterans Choice Program

Under President Trump, the VA has benefitted from some of the most significant legislative reforms in the history of the department.

With funding for VA’s Choice program set to run out soon, America’s Veterans need Congress to come together to support this crucial program and pass legislation that will make it permanent. There is simply no denying how vital community providers are to VA’s mission, as the Choice program accounts for an average of more than 30,000 appointments per day, and allows Veterans to get care when and where they need it.

Without community care, VA’s ability to provide timely, high quality health care to Veterans will be dramatically diminished. The VA, along with the White House, commend Congress’s dedication to finding a long term solution to the Choice Program. We are looking forward to working closely with Chairman Roe and House Leadership in the coming weeks to advance this legislation through the House of Representatives. We cannot wait any longer.

Decisive action must be taken in order to deliver on our promise to our Veterans. They deserve the best healthcare options available, and a permanent Choice program will give them that.

That’s why we’re calling on Congress to come together on a bipartisan basis to complete this critical mission for our nation’s Veterans.


Letters to Chairmen Isakson and Roe on the status of funding of the Veterans Choice Program (VCP).


April 18, 2018

Nearly $700 Million in State Veterans Home Funding Leads to New

Construction Projects

Funding Represents Largest Appropriation in Program’s History

WASHINGTON — Recently the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it will use $685 million in funding from Congress to fund several State Veterans Home construction projects through the VA State Veterans Home Construction Grant Program.

The new funding can be used where needed for repairs, renovation or new construction, and is part of an Omnibus Bill that represents the largest allocation to the more than 50-year-old State Veterans Home Construction Grant Program; funding for the program has averaged $94 million over the last five years. The State Veterans Home Construction Grant Program provides up to 65 percent of the cost to build and renovate facilities.

“This program has been operating with a backlog of applications for construction projects,” said VA Acting Secretary Robert Wilkie. “This new allocation will let us fund projects on our priority list, many of which have been waiting for years. We thank Congress for its commitment and support of Veterans across the country.”

Plans for the new funding include at least 52 projects including bed replacement projects in Massachusetts, Michigan and Wisconsin; life safety projects in Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas; new construction projects in Arizona, Hawaii, Illinois, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia; and general renovation projects in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Wisconsin.

“As the largest appropriation in the more-than 50-year history of this program, it demonstrates just how strongly President Donald Trump

cares for and is keeping his promises to our nation’s Veterans,” Wilkie said.