FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 3, 2014
Contact: Allison Moore 502-618-1372
LOUISVILLE – Team Mitch today released the following statement from Carl Kaelin, Vice Chairman of the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Legislative Committee, in response to the misleading VoteVets ad attacking Sen. McConnell.
"Kentucky veterans have no better friend than Senator Mitch McConnell. This ad is extremely misleading as Senator McConnell has been a vocal advocate about the urgent need for reform at the VA and was instrumental in helping ensure Senate passage of the important bipartisan veterans bill that was signed into law last month." – Carl Kaelin, Vice Chairman of the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Legislative Committee, Leitchfield, KY.
Sen. McConnell voted on July 31, 2014 for a bipartisan and comprehensive veterans funding bill—signed into law on August 7, 2014— that funds the VA and requires them to offer care to veterans through non-VA health care providers if they otherwise would not be able to receive care within the VA’s wait-time goals. In addition to funding the VA and the hiring of new VA doctors and nurses, this bill also allows veterans residing 40 miles or more from a VA facility to receive care at non-VA facilities and a host of provisions aimed toward holding more accountable those entrusted with the care of our nation’s heroes.
Senator McConnell’s work to help move the bipartisan comprehensive veterans funding legislation through Congress:
• Sen. McConnell speaks about the VA scandal eight times on the Senate floor since May 2014
• Sen. McConnell votes for the Senate VA funding bill in June 2014
• Sen. McConnell sends a letter to former Acting VA Secretary Gibson in June 2014 relaying his concern over wait times at the Louisville and Lexington VA Medical Centers
• Sen. McConnell meets with VA Secretary McDonald in June 2014 prior to his confirmation
• Sen. McConnell speaks on Senate floor about importance of the VA compromise bill
• Sen. McConnell votes to confirm VA Secretary McDonald in July 2014
• Sen. McConnell votes for final passage of VA Conference Committee Report funding legislation