As a Marine veteran of the Persian Gulf War and a member of the Mississippi National Guard, one of my top priorities is ensuring South Mississippi veterans receive the best service possible.
In order to improve medical services for veterans, I voted in favor of ??H.R. 3230, the Veterans' Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014. H.R. 3230 was signed into law on August 7, 2014 and improves access to health care for veterans by covering veterans' hospital care and medical services by non-VA facilities if the veteran had been unable to schedule an appointment at a VA facility within an appropriate amount of time, the veteran opts for non-VA care or services, or the veteran lives more than 40 miles from a VA medical facility. Working ?with the local VA, Department of Veterans Affairs, and health providers in our districts ensures that the implementation of this law will have an overwhelmingly positive impact on our nation's and region's veterans by improving access to care and cutting down on red tape.
I also co-sponsored ??H.R. 5441. ?As requested by the Veterans of Foreign War, I was happy to co-sponsor this legislation to update the VFW's congressional charter by replacing the word "men" with "veterans" and the word "widows" with "surviving spouses." This change better reflects today's military and will recognize all veterans who are eligible to join the VFW.