(FORT BELVOIR, Va.) — President Obama traveled to Fort Belvoir, Virginia on Thursday to sign the recently passed Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act, which provides the Veterans Administration more resources to deliver health care to veterans.
“This bill covers a lot of ground, expanding survivor benefits, educational opportunities to improving care for veterans struggling with traumatic brain injury and for victims of sexual assault,” said Obama, surrounded by a bipartisan group of Congress members.
“This will give the VA more of the resources that it needs. It will help the VA hire more doctors and more nurses and staff more clinics,” he added.
The president said the legislation will help the VA reduce and then eliminate its health care backlog.
“The good news is we’ve cut the disability claims backlog by more than half. But lets now eliminate the backlog. Let’s get rid of it,” Obama said to applause.
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