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Congressman LoBiondo: Veterans Need More Options

6-5-14

With the latest scandal at the Veteran Affairs hospitals, Congressman Frank LoBiondo has been frustrated with treatment that veterans have been receiving. LoBiondo told NJTV News Managing Editor Mike Schneider that he is introducing a bill that could let veterans seek treatment elsewhere.

“I’m advocating that a veteran would have a choice,” said LoBiondo. “They could either choose to go to a current VA facility or they would be able to use a veteran; issued card to go to the doctor or hospital of their choice.”

LoBiondo said that veterans should have an option to where they can seek care, which was why he proposed the bill.

Meanwhile the VA hospitals current face issues, LoBiondo says that the idea of the bill is an idea that has been advocated for about 20 years but that it was difficult to get anyone’s attention prior to the scandal. He also said that it is important to have the veteran service organizations behind an idea like the bill.

As for the Department of Veteran Affairs, LoBiondo says the department should not be discontinued despite what is currently going on. He said that the care that with the care given at the VA facilities some have been happy with the service. Since some have been content with the VA derive, LoBiondo says that he would want more services available for veterans to choose from.

LoBiondo preparing to campaign for another term as congressman in the second congressional district, along with several other congressman seeking reelection in their perspective districts, he says that he believes that congress can be more effective.

“I think it can be more effective and it has been criticized but the good news stories have not been told,” said LoBiondo.