STATEN ISLAND CONGRESSMAN ROSE TO SPEAK AT TOWN HALL ABOUT HEALTHCARE PRIVATIZATION THREAT FACING VETERANS

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Elton Smith, a perioperative nurse: “People who work at the VA have specific training to treat veterans and many are veterans themselves. Care at the VA is more holistic than in the private sector and the VA allows veterans to be part of a community of healing made up of other veterans who understand their struggles. A strong and fully-funded VA is critical if we are to fulfill our country’s sacred duty to care for our veterans.”
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Rep. Max Rose will join veterans and registered nurses on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, for a town hall discussion on protecting the VA health care system from the threat of privatization.

The town hall discussion on "Protecting Veterans’ Health Care at the VA" will take place at: I.S. 259 William McKinley 7305 Fort Hamilton Parkway Brooklyn.

The panel speakers will include: Congressman Max Rose, House Veterans Affairs Committee; John Rowan, National President, Vietnam Veterans of America; Danny Freidman, Brooklyn Chapter 72 President, Vietnam Veterans of America; Lindsay Rodman, Executive Vice President, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America; and Kristen Rouse, President and Founding Director, NYC Veterans Alliance. The town hall will run from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Nurses and veterans are calling for the immediate end to attacks on the VA health care system and to ensure the VA is fully staffed and funded so it can continue to provide the highest quality of care to our nation’s veterans, announced National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) today.

As a registered nurse and a U.S. Navy veteran, the VA for me is home,” said Elton Smith, a perioperative nurse. “People who work at the VA have specific training to treat veterans and many are veterans themselves. Care at the VA is more holistic than in the private sector and the VA allows veterans to be part of a community of healing made up of other veterans who understand their struggles. A strong and fully-funded VA is critical if we are to fulfill our country’s sacred duty to care for our veterans.”

At the town hall meeting, a newly compiled report, Retaining Effective and Sound Programs for Excellent Care and Treatment (RESPECT) for Veterans will be released to the public. The report is a detailed synthesis of more than 90 primary sources.

RESPECT for Veterans lays out the data showing how VA health care is superior to the private sector by many measures, including access, quality and cost. Furthermore, RESPECT for Veterans found that “the [Veteran Health Administration] performs exceptionally well in suicide prevention and treating post-traumatic disorder and depression experienced by many veterans.”

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