This morning, AMVETS Deputy National Legislative Director Christina Roof will be on hand at the House Veterans Affairs Committee roundtable on rural and remote veterans' issues, one of AMVETS' top legislative priorities for 2010.
Though the hearing will focus primarily on Congressional representatives from rural and remote areas, VA officials, and health care providers concerned about the topic, AMVETS was invited by the committee to speak briefly on the topic. To view a list of panelists and written statements for the hearing, Click Here.
Currently, 44 percent of all military recruits hale from areas classified as rural or remote, meaning nearly half of today's veterans do not have easy access to comprehensive care offered through traditional VA services. AMVETS is advocating for VA to step up its acquisition and exchange of care options in communities not currently served by traditional VA assets. AMVETS also advocates for increased use of telemental health counseling, using the internet to connect patients with mental health care providers separated geographically. AMVETS' full position on the topic or rural and remote care can be found in the 2010 Legislative Agenda.
Photos and details from the morning's hearing will be available later today on American Veteran. Check back for updates.