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Rep. Jerry McNerney introduces bill to expedite Veterans Affairs construction

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Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014 12:00 am

Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, on Thursday introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would allow construction to begin on a number of Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities around the nation, including the outpatient clinic planned in French Camp.

McNerney’s bill, The Jumpstarting VA Construction Act of 2014, creates a pilot program at the VA that would allow the agency to partner with non-federal groups to manage construction at sites where Congress has already allocated funding, and where design work has been completed but construction has not yet begun.

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  • daniel hutchins posted at 11:16 pm on Fri, Jul 11, 2014.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1342

    He loves VA stuff. Attracts public support, without causing controversy. (I've seen him in private conversations in public locations more than willing to respond to VA stuff, involving the people in line for a private conversation, in front of my turn.

  • Ed Walters posted at 12:09 pm on Fri, Jul 11, 2014.

    the old dog Posts: 631

    I submitted my thoughts to the local papers, and even went so far as to meet with Congressman McNerney to explain a plan that would work and save millions of dollars, he gave me 15 minutes of his time, even thought it just might work, after my allotted time, I was dismissed, as he had another meeting. My plan was to offer all Vets a card, similar to a drivers licence allowing a Vet to seek treatment at the nearest provide. His 170 mile venture to and from Palo Alto with a Vet to show how important a treatment center in French Camp would be. For the Vet living outside of Stockton, perhaps Valley Springs or Angles Camp, many more miles would be added to the round trip, especially if disabled. A hospital, namely Mark Twain has all the facilities needed to treat the Vet living in that area. Same holds true for Vets living through out the county, allowing them to seek treatment at the nearest facility. Sounds to good to be true, sorry to say, it is. For an extended stay, perhaps the beds that exist at French Camp will be necessary, for a check up or something minor, the Vet can be seen and be home that same night. My plan is not perfect, but then what is?



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