With the Biden inauguration almost upon us, I thought it would be interesting to see some of the Trump Administration’s final online notes before they are purged. I have copied those relating to veterans and added some various links to some in the list.
The Mission Act has received a fair amount of press. The EO to help veterans move to the Merchant Marines “seamlessly” was new to me and seems like a good idea. Telehealth work was started up to connect rural vets and became valuable during COVID. The Haven Act protects disability payments in a bankruptcy, a good reform.
The number of vets who are homeless remains shockingly high although Dr. Ben Carson has been a proactive HUD secretary. In cities like San Francisco, LA, San Diego, I would lay the blame on the mayors and Congress responsible for the worst districts. Big Philantrophy still prefers to fund status projects they can put their family names on.
To see the entire list click below:
“Serving and Protecting Our Veterans
The number of Veterans who say they trust VA services has increased 19 percent to a record 91 percent, an all-time high.
Offered same-day emergency mental health care at every VA medical facility, and secured $9.5 billion for mental health services in 2020. https://www.va.gov/samedayservices/
Signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017, which ensured that veterans could continue to see the doctor of their choice and wouldn’t have to wait for care.
During the Trump Administration, millions of veterans have been able to choose a private doctor in their communities.
Expanded Veterans’ ability to access telehealth services, including through the “Anywhere to Anywhere” VA healthcare initiative leading to a 1000 percent increase in usage during COVID-19.
Signed the Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act and removed thousands of VA workers who failed to give our Vets the care they have so richly deserve.
Signed the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 and improved the efficiency of the VA, setting record numbers of appeals decisions.
Modernized medical records to begin a seamless transition from the Department of Defense to the VA.
Launched a new tool that provides Veterans with online access to average wait times and quality-of-care data.
The promised White House VA Hotline has fielded hundreds of thousands of calls.
Formed the PREVENTS Task Force to fight the tragedy of Veteran suicide.
Decreased veteran homelessness, and education benefits, and achieved record-low veteran unemployment.
Reformed the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to improve care, choice, and employee accountability.
Signed and implemented the Forever GI Bill, allowing Veterans to use their benefits to get an education at any point in their lives.
Eliminated every penny of Federal student loan debt owed by American veterans who are completely and permanently disabled.
Helped hundreds of thousands of military service members make the transition from the military to the civilian workforce, and developed programs to support the employment of military spouses.
Compared to 2009, 49 percent fewer veterans experienced homelessness nationwide during 2019.
Signed and implemented the HAVEN Act to ensure that Veterans who’ve declared bankruptcy don’t lose their disability payments.
Enrolled over 500,000 transitioning service members in over 20,000 Department of Labor employment workshops.
Signed an executive order to help Veterans transition seamlessly into the United States Merchant Marine.“
I, for one, hope that the US will continue to bring troops home.
Post-peace initiatives, Israel is now under CENTCOM.
The improved relationships in the Middle East are something I hope Biden can get behind. I’m having a hard time imagining Biden/Harris boosting morale at this moment, but if they become honest and transparent leaders, it may be possible.
Laura (Guest author)