Barack Obama's Promises Regarding Veterans

Promise in the Works Reduce the Veterans Benefits Administration claims backlog (Comments)
"There are currently over 400,000 claims pending within the Veterans Benefits Administration, and over 800,000 claims receipts are expected in 2008 alone. … Obama will hire additional claims workers and convene our nation's leading veterans groups, employees and managers to develop an updated training and management model that will ensure that VA benefit decisions are rated fairly and consistently, and stem from adequate training and accountability for each claims adjudicator." — "Fulfilling a Sacred Trust with our Veterans"

Update Veterans Affairs hospital system (Comments)
"I've pledged to build a 21st-century VA as president. It means no more red tape. It's time to give every service member electronic copies of medical and service records upon discharge." — 5/12/08, Charleston, W.Va.

Work to pass the VA budget on time (Comments)
"I'm going to work with leaders of Congress for a must-pass veterans budget." — 5/26/08, Las Cruces, N.M.

Ensure all veterans are covered (Comments)
"I think it is important for all veterans to be eligible for the VA. And that is something that I'm going to reverse when I'm president of the United States." — 5/26/08, Las Cruces, N.M.

Ensure an adequate number of VA clinics (Comments)
"What we can make sure of is that there are enough clinics out there that for basic checkups, you know, problems that are outpatient situations, that people don't have to drive two or three hours. And that's something that I'm going to make sure is budgeted when I'm president of the United States." — 5/26/08, Las Cruces, N.M.

Increase housing assistance for Veterans (Comments)
"I'll expand housing vouchers, and I'll launch a new supportive services housing program to prevent at-risk veterans and their families from sliding into homelessness." — 8/21/07, Kansas City, Mo.

Improve VA administrative systems (Comments)
"Obama will hire additional claims workers and improve training and accountability so that VA benefit decisions are rated fairly and consistently. He also will make the paper benefit claims process an electronic one to reduce errors and improve timeliness." — Obama's Blueprint for Change

Fully fund the VA and work to avoid future budget shortfalls (Comments)
"Barack Obama will fully fund the VA so it has all the resources it needs to serve the veterans who need it when they need it. Obama will establish a world-class VA planning division to avoid future budget shortfalls." — Obama's Blueprint for Change

Improve the military's mental health screening and care (Comments)
"Obama will improve mental health care at every stage of military service. He will recruit more health professionals, improve screening, offer more support to families and make PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder] benefits claims fairer." — Obama's Blueprint for Change

Establish standards of care for brain-injured veterans (Comments)
"Obama will establish standards of care for traumatic brain injury, the signature injury of the Iraq war." — Obama's Blueprint for Change

Improve care for various injuries and women's health through VA (Comments)
"He will improve care for polytrauma vision impairment, prosthetics, spinal cord injury, aging and women's health." — Obama's Blueprint for Change

Demand the VA eases the veteran's transition to civilian life (Comments)
"Obama will demand that the military and the VA coordinate to provide a seamless transition from active duty to civilian life." — Obama's Blueprint for Change

Reverse the 2003 ban on enrolling low- and modest-income veterans (Comments)
"One of Obama's first acts will be reversing the 2003 ban on enrolling modest-income veterans, which has denied care to a million veterans." — Obama's Blueprint for Change

Fight job discrimination against guardsmen and reservists (Comments)
"Obama will crack down on employers who commit job discrimination against guardsmen and reservists." — Obama's Blueprint for Change

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