FARLEY MEETS WITH LOCAL VETERANS' ADVOCATES
TUXEDO, NY -- Congressional candidate Chele Farley (R-Orange County) recently met with officials from the Putnam County Veterans Service Agency to discuss programs and services available to local veterans, including access to health care through U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ facilities located throughout the region.
“I want to thank Karl Rohde and Art Hanley from the Putnam County Veterans Service Agency for taking the time to meet with me and talk about the needs of our local veterans,” Chele Chiavacci Farley said. “County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Putnam County have made serving our veterans a top priority.”
“As a nation, we have a responsibility to provide for the courageous men and women who served in our armed forces and to make sure that they have ready access to the services they need,” said Chele Farley.
Last year, President Trump signed the bipartisan VA Mission Act to improve upon the Veterans Choice Program enacted after it was revealed that some VA facilities had secret waiting lists which resulted in the death of veterans waiting for care. The VA Mission Act further expands access to private health care options for veterans and establishes a process to modernize VA hospitals and health care facilities. The VA Hudson Valley Health Care System serves area veterans at the Castle Point campus in Dutchess County and the Montrose Campus in Westchester, as well as a network of community clinics in Dutchess, Putnam, Orange and Rockland counties.
Recently, New York City Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for an end to VA programs enabling veterans to access private health care saying, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
“Nearly half of New York State’s 800,000 veterans are enrolled in VA health care,” said Farley. “Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez’s statement is about pushing her goal of socialized medicine and her ideological agenda. She should take the time to meet with veterans who aren’t receiving the care they need before weighing in on matters as important as this.”