According to the Veterans Administration, the state of Alabama is home to almost 415,000 veterans, including over 62,000 in Alabama’s First Congressional District. As the Representative for Southwest Alabama, ensuring timely access to quality care for our veterans is a top priority of mine in Washington. With the Veterans Administration’s current backlog affecting the quality and availability of service for our veterans, it’s crucial that I hear directly from these men and women to help ensure they’re receiving the care they have earned.
My office hears daily from veterans across Southwest Alabama who have experienced long wait times and questionable care from the VA. Ultimately the culture of complacency at the VA must change in order for veterans’ care to improve. I believe the VA is fundamentally broken and must be replaced. Instead of the VA system, I support giving every veteran a card so they can seek medical care from the doctor they want, where they want, and when they want it.
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Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) today introduced the Full Choice for Veterans Act to allow every veteran the option of receiving care from doctors, specialists, and hospitals in their local community instead of forcing them to stay in the VA system. The bill, H.R. 5033, amends the Community Care Program which limits conditions under which veterans are eligible to use the program. The bill will allow all veterans to make the choices they need and to receive access to timely medical care.
There is an old expression that goes, “the worst day of fishing beats the best day of working.”
As an avid fisherman myself, I can certainly understand the feeling behind that saying.
But, sometimes, fishing is the worst thing to be doing, especially when there is important work to be done.
This past week, in the wake of the Mueller report finally being completed, Democrats hung the “Gone Fishin’” sign outside the Capitol.
It has been years in the making, but finally the veterans of our area will be able to get the care they have long deserved.
On Monday, March 18th, I had the honor of participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new VA Outpatient Clinic located in Tillmans Corner.
Many veterans from Southwest Alabama were on hand to witness the ceremony and tour the new facility. As someone who has deep respect and appreciation for our veterans, it was very exciting to watch the veterans tour their new facility.
One of the highest honors from my time in Congress has been the many interactions I’ve had with members of our nation’s armed forces and our veterans.
Throughout the long history of the United States, countless Americans have served our country honorably in the military. Many made the ultimate sacrifice.
With 2018 behind us, it is time to start looking at what you can expect from Washington in 2019. Under Republican leadership, we in Congress aimed to make America better off, and thanks to our many victories through conservative policies, we accomplished that goal.
Under Democrat control, there is no telling what craziness will come out of the House of Representatives.
One hundred years ago, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, the world’s largest, deadliest, and costliest war to that date drew to an end. The guns that boomed over field and forest in Europe fell silent.
World War I was over.
Over 116,000 Americans had lost their lives.
I know this may be hard for you to believe, but there was a major, bipartisan victory in Congress last week that failed to gain any of the attention it deserved. I want to highlight some of the progress we made last week and explain why it should matter to those of us back in Alabama.
Last week, both the House and the Senate passed a funding bill that covered three very important parts of our government: military construction and veterans services, energy and water development, and Legislative Branch operations.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) issued the following statement in response to passage of the first government funding package for Fiscal Year 2019, which included funding bills for Energy and Water Development, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Legislative Branch.
As Americans, we know all too well that freedom is not free. Each time we bow our heads to pray or speak up for what we believe in, we exercise rights that many across the world do not have. These are just some of the unique freedoms that the brave men and women of the United States military have fought and died to protect.
We are reminded of their patriotic sacrifice each Memorial Day as we pay our respects to servicemembers who have selflessly given their lives to defend freedom and liberty throughout our country’s history.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement after voting in favor of the government funding bill for Fiscal Year 2018.