“Keeping faith with those who serve must always be a core American value and a
cornerstone of American patriotism. Because America’s commitment to its servicemen and women begins at enlistment, and it must never end.”
[Obama Speech in Kansas City, MO, 8/21/07]
As a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Barack Obama has fought to end benefit disparities, bring homeless veterans in off the streets, strengthen mental health care, add billions of dollars in additional Department of Veterans Affairs funding, and reform a system that often places barriers between veterans and the benefits they have earned.
As president, Obama will ensure we honor the sacred trust to care for our nation’s veterans. In an Obama administration, the VA will provide benefits and care that will be accessible, high-quality, reliable, responsive and fair, year after year. He will care for our wounded soldiers; improve the transition to civilian life; fully fund VA medical care; improve the quality of VA health care; fix the Veterans Benefits Administration; honor veterans with the benefits and services they have earned, and rebuild and repair the military. Not only is this the right thing to do – it is a necessary investment for a great nation to maintain an all volunteer force.
IMPROVE VA MEDICAL CARE
Make VA a Leading Edge of National Health Reform: Barack Obama’s comprehensive
national health care plan will modernize health care delivery. That includes disease
management, preventive treatment, coordinated care teams, better use of information
technology, and research into which treatments work best. As the nation’s largest integrated health system, the Veterans Health Administration has already been a national leader in reform, particularly with electronic health records and prevention initiatives. Obama will continue this trend to make the VA a leader of national health care reform so that veterans get the best care possible. This includes efforts to improve electronic records interoperability, expand effectiveness research, promote wellness programs, and instill more accountability for performance and quality improvement initiatives.