Senator Isakson speaks to veterans in Macon about healthcare concerns
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson stopped in Macon on Friday to share his thoughts about enhancing veterans’ health care and benefits.
“We’re going to remove the merit system protection board to being available to the senior executive management to the VA,” he says.
Isakson spoke about his ‘Veterans First Act’ legislation, which is designed to demand a higher level of accountability inside of the department.
The bill also gives the VA the tools to fire bad workers and prohibit bonuses for employees accused of misconduct.
“The internal office of whistleblowers within the VA to give them whistleblower protection in the VA and take care of that. And throughout the VA, we will reform it to have accountability to go from top to bottom,” Isakson continues.
Now that Senator Isakson has addressed his concerns, veterans are reassured that they are remembered.
“Everywhere I go a lot of times veterans think that they’re being lost and forgotten but he comes to tell us today that there are no veterans that are being left out, he’s trying to help us all,” says Robert Bogan, who served in the Vietnam War.
Former Commander and Chief, Artie Smith was apart of the Veterans Foreign War from 1976 to 1977. He says he was extremely excited to hear the Senator’s speech.
He says, “to hear the senator to come in here as chairman as the senate veterans affair committee and state the remarks that he did about how important it is for people in this country to know that you’re freedom is not free, it was bought by million of lives.”
The ‘Veterans First Act’ legislation aims to improve disability claims and speed up the appeal process for vets.