New Bill will hopefully keep veterans from literally dying while waiting

The commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos, left, salutes during a funeral service for retired Lt. Gen. Keith A. Smith in Quantico, Va., Oct. 5, 2012. Lt. Gen. Smith enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1951 and assumed his final assignment on Sept. 1, 1984, as the deputy chief of staff for aviation at Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington, D.C. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Mallory S. VanderSchans)
Seth Moulton in an undated photo while deployed in Iraq.
Seth Moulton in an undated photo while deployed in Iraq.

Last month Seth Moulton, a congressman from Massachusetts, introduced the Faster Care for Veterans Act of 2016 to the House of Representatives.

Moulton is a Marine veteran who served four tours in Iraq after graduating from Harvard University. He entered into politics in 2014 ousting the incumbent for his seat in Congress. Since then he was assigned to the Armed Forces Committee and has been vocal about veteran issues.

Last week Congressman Moulton posted a video of a veteran attempting to set up a VA appointment over the phone and it quickly went viral.  The veteran patiently waited on the phone while the VA system seemed to be on an infinite loop of pressing numbers with no ability to set up an appointment.

The Faster Care for Veterans Act of 2016 directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to begin an 18-month pilot program in at least three Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISNs) under which veterans use an Internet website to schedule and confirm appointments at VA medical facilities.

The bill has yet to pass the House of Representatives and it will need to pass the Senate and finally be approved by the President.

300,000 veterans have reportedly died while awaiting care from the Department of Veterans Affairs.  We need to let the American public and politicians know that Veteran Lives Matter.

Popular Military has teamed up with the popular t-shirt maker Police Blotter to create this shirt that can be proudly worn to spread awareness and show support of this bill.

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