A mother's request

Senator Todd Young
2017-07-04 10:18:18
A message from US Senator Todd Young <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenYoung/Todd_Young_Ba nner_logo2.png> More Hoosier Common Sense Coming to D.C. President Trump nominated Dr. Jerome Adams to serve as our nation's Surgeon General. The President would be hard-pressed to find a more exceptional person for this position. As our Indiana State Health Commissioner and a highly regarded anesthesiologist, Dr. Adams has devoted his professional life to serving our state and caring for Hoosiers, and he has a been great resource and friend to my team and me. I look forward to voting to confirm him. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenYoung/Screen_Shot_2 017-06-29_at_3.24.17_PM.png> An important fix for the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill In 2016, ITT Technical Institutes filed for bankruptcy and closed all 136 campuses in 38 states � after receiving $917 million in Post-9/11 GI Bill funds. This permanent closure left student veterans unable to reallocate education benefits elsewhere. A bipartisan group of my colleagues and I introduced the "Veterans Education Relief and Reinstatement Act (VERRA)" to expand the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) authority to restore the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits of veterans who are affected by the permanent closure of ITT Tech or other institutions. Currently, the VA cannot fully restore a veterans' benefits if a school they attend permanently closes. The G.I. bill has helped many veterans make the leap to their next career in civilian life. However, that has not been the case for all veterans. This bill gives the VA Secretary the necessary flexibility to ensure that veterans are able to achieve their education goals despite unforeseen circumstances that are out of their control. The discipline and work ethic of our military men and women is unmatched. They are assets to any business or organization they join and I will continue to work to ensure that they have every opportunity possible. Keeping a promise to our veterans As part of my commitment to reforming the way the Department of Veterans' Affairs conducts business, Senator Ted Cruz and I introduced the "VA Information Technology Restructuring Act" this week. It would modernize the VA's IT infrastructure in a manner that will better equip it to ensure our veterans receive the utmost quality health care. The bill establishes that a Chief Information Officer (CIO) be appointed to the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to modernize outdated software, and provide necessary oversight regarding the procurement, acquisition and management of the VHA's IT systems. The current system is not getting the job done, and in some cases preventing our Veterans from receiving the care they were promised and deserve. The missing medical equipment scandal at the Roudebush VA center in Indianapolis and the ongoing problems with implementation of the VA's $543 million real-time locating systems demonstrate the desperate need for reform of information technology systems and procedures at the VA <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx op=13346.7026546.5291708.189397&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwishtv. com%2f2017%2f06%2f29%2fsenators-young-cruz-file-bill-to-address-va-probl ems-after-i-team-8-investigation%2f&redir_log=589105336838764> . By creating the CIO position, this bill promises to improve accountability at the VA and supports Secretary Shulkin's reform efforts. I will keep you posted on its progress. A Mother's Request

More Hoosier Common Sense Coming to D.C.

President Trump nominated Dr. Jerome Adams to serve as our nation’s Surgeon General. The President would be hard-pressed to find a more exceptional person for this position. As our Indiana State Health Commissioner and a highly regarded anesthesiologist, Dr. Adams has devoted his professional life to serving our state and caring for Hoosiers, and he has a been great resource and friend to my team and me. I look forward to voting to confirm him.

An important fix for the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill

In 2016, ITT Technical Institutes filed for bankruptcy and closed all 136 campuses in 38 states – after receiving $917 million in Post-9/11 GI Bill funds. This permanent closure left student veterans unable to reallocate education benefits elsewhere. A bipartisan group of my colleagues and I introduced the “Veterans Education Relief and Reinstatement Act (VERRA)” to expand the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) authority to restore the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits of veterans who are affected by the permanent closure of ITT Tech or other institutions. Currently, the VA cannot fully restore a veterans’ benefits if a school they attend permanently closes.

The G.I. bill has helped many veterans make the leap to their next career in civilian life. However, that has not been the case for all veterans. This bill gives the VA Secretary the necessary flexibility to ensure that veterans are able to achieve their education goals despite unforeseen circumstances that are out of their control. The discipline and work ethic of our military men and women is unmatched. They are assets to any business or organization they join and I will continue to work to ensure that they have every opportunity possible.

Keeping a promise to our veterans

As part of my commitment to reforming the way the Department of Veterans’ Affairs conducts business, Senator Ted Cruz and I introduced the "VA Information Technology Restructuring Act" this week. It would modernize the VA’s IT infrastructure in a manner that will better equip it to ensure our veterans receive the utmost quality health care. The bill establishes that a Chief Information Officer (CIO) be appointed to the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to modernize outdated software, and provide necessary oversight regarding the procurement, acquisition and management of the VHA's IT systems.

The current system is not getting the job done, and in some cases preventing our Veterans from receiving the care they were promised and deserve. The missing medical equipment scandal at the Roudebush VA center in Indianapolis and the ongoing problems with implementation of the VA's $543 million real-time locating systems demonstrate the desperate need for reform of information technology systems and procedures at the VA. By creating the CIO position, this bill promises to improve accountability at the VA and supports Secretary Shulkin's reform efforts. I will keep you posted on its progress.

A Mother's Request

Lise Pace’s son is leaving for his first deployment with the 82nd Airborne out of Fort Bragg, N.C. soon. She stopped by my office for a meeting on an entirely separate issue, but when she asked if I could give him a call, it was my privilege to oblige. 

To the men and women of the 82nd Airborne Division: I wish you a successful mission and a safe return; you – and your families – will be in our prayers.

One More Thing Before You Go...

I’d like to wish you and your family a happy Independence Day. The 4th of July is a day to celebrate our liberties, our freedom, our shared values, and our country. Thank you to the men and women in uniform who have defended these cherished gifts these past 241 years.

Thank you for the continued privilege to serve you in the U.S. Senate. My mission is to fight on behalf of all Hoosiers and the interests that are unique to our state. I look forward to working with you, and sharing our progress, in the days ahead. Until then…

In Service,

     

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