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President Obama's Veterans Policy "Guiding Principles"

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President Obama's Veterans Policy
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Updated April 07, 2010
The following article sets forth President Obama's basic goals and underlying principles for veterans policies and plans under his administration.

The White House
Veterans - Guiding Principles

A 21st Century VA

"The President’s message to those who serve is this: when you come home to America, America will be there for you.

"This Administration will ensure that DoD and VA coordinate to provide a seamless transition from active duty to civilian life and help fix the benefit bureaucracy. This Administration will work towards modernizing the way health care is delivered and benefits are administered for our nation's veterans.

VA Healthcare

"With Secretary Shinseki, the President will make sure the VA provides veterans the best care possible. This means improved care for poly-trauma, vision impairment, prosthetics, spinal cord injury, aging, and women's health.

"Because the nightmares of war don't always end when our loved ones return home, this Administration will work to meet the mental health needs of our veterans. Untold thousands of servicemen and women and veterans suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or other serious psychological injury. This Administration is determined to address the challenges of caring for those affected by PTSD when they return home.

"Because thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have suffered from Traumatic Brain Injury, one of the signature injuries of these wars, this Administration will continue to improve services for cognitive injuries and ensure our veterans receive the on-going care they need.

"The President supports advance appropriations for the VA budget so that healthcare for veterans is not hindered by budget delays.

VA Services

"We all share the shame of well over one hundred thousand veterans going homeless on any given night. This Administration will work on pilot programs with not-for-profit organizations to make sure that veterans at risk of losing their homes have a roof over their heads.

"Finally, this Administration recognizes that our veterans deserve something more -- an equal chance to reach for the very dream they defend.

"This Administration is committed to providing the resources to effectively implement the Post-9/11 GI Bill – providing every returning service member with a real chance to afford a college education.

Source - The White House website, April 2010

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