Veterans

Army veteran salutingThere are many veterans that live in our district and their issues are important to me and to my work in Congress.

The United States is blessed to have the finest troops in the history of the world, where so many heroes are willing to put on our country’s uniform in defense of our freedoms.  I believe we have a sacred responsibility to support our troops both on the battlefield and when they return home to civilian life, and we must honor the promises made to those who have answered our nation’s call to service.

After seeing the horrific stories that came out of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) during the Obama Administration, it was evident that there needed to be other options for veterans who were waiting in line for months to see a doctor or traveling far distances from their home just to visit the VA. The Choice Program has seen success and popularity during its implementation phase by being an effective way for veterans to see private doctors for faster care closer to home if they so choose. I was proud to support the authorization and funding of the Veterans Choice program on July 28, 2017.

I have cosponsored bills this Congress to help our veterans including H.R. 3497, the Modernization of Medical Records Access for Veterans Act of 2017 which directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to carry out in at least one Veterans Integrated Services Network a pilot program for at least a 12-month period during which veterans enrolled in the VA's patient enrollment system will use a portable medical records storage system to store and share with VA health care providers and community health care providers records of their individual medical histories. I believe it is important that we are giving our veterans the best and timeliest care possible.

In addition to the forty-two veteran’s bills that have passed the House this Congress, the President recently signed in law the VA MISSION Act. The VA MISSION Act expands both access and choices when it comes to veteran’s health care. This law is a huge step in the right direction, and I was proud to support it. The MISSION Act improves seven VA community healthcare programs; Improves the VA’s hiring process to ensure quality, qualified professionals; Evaluates how the VA’s existing facilities are currently being used; Expands the VA’s caregiver support program; Allows veterans to receive their healthcare services from private hospitals and doctors; Allows VA healthcare professionals to practice telemedicine; and strengthens the process for opioid prescribing by VA professionals and community care providers.

 

For more information concerning my work and views on Veterans' issues, please contact my Washington, DC office.

I look forward to your feedback.

Thank you.

More on Veterans

November 16, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC-Congressman Jeff Duncan issued the following statement regarding the passing of World War II and Korean War Veteran Ben Skardon:

November 13, 2021 Press Release

Today, Congressman Jeff Duncan is proud to announce Ret. Col. Beverly “Ben” Skardon, a World War II and Korean War veteran, will receive an honorary promotion to the rank of Brigadier General, an extremely rare and well-deserved honor. Col. Skardon’s approval for an honorary promotion will be announced at Clemson’s University’s Military Appreciation Game this Saturday.

June 7, 2019 Page
The following information is for veterans. Please contact our office for assistance with any questions or problems you may have.
January 7, 2019 In The News
November 11, 2018 Press Release
Laurens, S.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) released the following statement on Veterans Day 2018:
September 6, 2017 In The News
Congressman Jeff Duncan surprises military mom Gwen Pollard with an American flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol in her honor.
June 6, 2014 Press Release
“Today we recognize those brave soldiers who took Normandy by sea and by air 70 years to this day, in one of the most brutal yet decisive battles in history. If not for these brave men the world would be a very, very different place. It is because of their service and sacrifice that we live free today and our children have the opportunity to grow up in a free world.”
June 4, 2014 In The News
May 23, 2013 Press Release
Starting Friday, May 24th, Congressman Jeff Duncan of South Carolina will be touring the Third District to honor and thank first responders and veterans. The tour will include eleven stops in seven counties and will continue through May 29th.