A message from US Senator Todd Young
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the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to modernize outdated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
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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