Congressman Jodey Arrington remains focused on Veterans

Congressman Jodey Arrington remains focused on Veterans

LUBBOCK, Texas -

It is one of Lubbock Congressman Jodey Arrington's top legislative priorities, fixing the Veterans Affairs system and taking care of our nations veterans.

In his short time in Washington, the junior congressman has made some headway toward that goal, passing measures allowing veterans to receive full benefits no matter the amount of time served, removing the time limits on the GI Bill along with removing some of the red tape in order to hold workers accountable. 

Even with his accomplishments Arrington said there is still a lot of work to be completed. 

"It's shocking that 22 veterans are taking their own lives everyday," he said. "So we've got an epidemic among the veteran community of post traumatic stress and other mental health issues that have to be addressed."

He also said the quality of care within the VA needs to be drastically improved. In his eyes the current option locks veterans into a single payer system that severely limits what kind of care they can get.

"If we can find the solution, be it public with more accountability and private competition or grow the private side of it, I don't care what the mix is, but reducing the power of unions, reducing the control of the civil service law so that people are actually being held accountable and introducing competition, that will work ultimately and if ti works for the VA then it should work for every other agency in the federal government."

Congress reconvenes Tuesday. On the agenda are voting to increase the debt ceiling, coming to a consensus on a budge and tax reform.

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