Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox was invited by the White House to join President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence Wednesday for the signing of the VA Mission Act, bipartisan legislation passed by Congress to overhaul healthcare delivery services provided to our nation’s heroes by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The bill reforms and streamlines the Veterans Choice Program and VA community care programs to ensure Veterans have access to care when and where they need it and when the VA is unable to provide it. The legislation also provides $5.2 billion in desperately needed funding to prevent interruption of access to needed care for Veterans.
“I am honored to attend this bipartisan bill signing ceremony with President Trump and congressional leaders,” said Speaker Cox. “The bill makes much-needed investments in the healthcare of our nation’s heroes and includes important reforms to make sure they get the healthcare they need when they need it. It will have a dramatic impact on the lives of the nearly one million veterans and their families who call the Commonwealth of Virginia home.”
Cox added, “Virginia is one of the most veteran-friendly states in the nation and we’ve worked hard to provide our veterans with access to education, job training and placement services, and healthcare when they’ve returned home. Virginia took a bold step to construct and run two new Veterans’ Care Centers as part of our commitment to the brave men and women who served our country. We will continue our efforts in the years ahead.”
A strong supporter of the military and veterans, Speaker Cox has introduced over 120 pieces of legislation for the military, veterans, and their families since joining the House of Delegates, more than 20 percent of the total legislation that he has introduced during his career.