PRESS RELEASE: FACT SHEET: BIDEN’S BUILD BACK BETTER AGENDA WILL IMPROVE HEALTH SERVICES FOR POST-9/11 VETS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 10, 2021
Maddy McDaniel, Communications Director
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FACT SHEET: BIDEN’S BUILD BACK BETTER AGENDA WILL IMPROVE HEALTH SERVICES FOR POST-9/11 VETS
Build Back Better Agenda Includes $18 Billion to Improve Veterans Health Infrastructure
Twenty years after the attack on 9/11, the final American soldiers engaged in the War in Afghanistan have returned home. But the war has taken a toll on American soldiers and their families, who struggle to receive the medical and mental health care they need and deserve. The Build Back Better agenda will address the urgent need for better veterans’ care.
The War in Afghanistan has taken an unfathomable toll on American soldiers and their families.
During the war, more than 775,000 troops deployed to Afghanistan, many of them more than once.
It is estimated that 11% of veterans from the war in Afghanistan suffer from PTSD.
Inadequate VA infrastructure has prevented veterans from receiving timely lifesaving medical services, resulting in backlogs of disability claims and veteran suicides.
A report showed an alarming trend: from October 2017 to November 2018, 19 veterans killed themselves on VA campuses after receiving inadequate care.
President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda would help veterans receive vital medical services faster.
The budget resolution contains $18 billion for new construction projects to provide better facilities for VA medical care.
The plan includes $3 billion to immediately enhance campuses so that veterans can better access high-quality health care more quickly.
The plan also includes $15 billion to totally replace 10 to 15 of the most neglected medical centers with new state-of-the-art facilities.
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Invest In America is a national rapid response operation advocating for robust public investment to rescue the economy from the COVID crisis and create prosperity for the future, and to fight back against fear-mongers who use deficit concerns as a scapegoat to starve American communities and businesses of resources.
The operation consists of two components: Invest in America, the charitable and public education arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Economic Security Project co-chair Chris Hughes; and Invest in America Action, the advocacy and social welfare arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project Action funded by Chris Hughes and the Omidyar Network.