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My Vision for Helping Veterans

Posted: May 31, 2016 at 6:11 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Amie HoeberBy Amie Hoeber, Republican Nominee for Congress in District 6

Since I won the Republican primary for the Sixth Congressional District, my opponent has shown little interest in engaging me on the important issues facing Marylanders. Instead, what little attention he has given this race thus far has been devoted to lobbing vague attacks on a so-called “Trump-Hoeber” ticket. I believe voters deserve better. That is why I plan on running a far different campaign, one focused on the critical issues facing voters and offering my approaches to solving them.

Of these many issues, few are as important or as urgent as reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs. Like millions of Americans, I watched with horror two years ago as fraud, incompetence and neglect were revealed to be plaguing the agency. For too long, the Veterans Administration has operated with very little oversight, and the system broke down. When wars in Iraq and Afghanistan led to an increase in the number of veterans in need of care, the system simply could not provide for them. This must be fixed. Our country has a sacred duty to our veterans. They have risked everything for our freedom, and it is vitally important that we support and care for them – as they were promised when they signed up to serve our country. The failure of the VA to adequately care for these brave Americans is undeniable and a national disgrace. This is personal to me. I will not let Congress continue to ignore our veteran’s needs.

Since these unconscionable abuses were revealed, many in Congress have attempted to provide real reform to the agency. While I wholeheartedly support any effort to provide greater care to our veterans, the central issue with the Department of Veterans Affairs is an ineffective bureaucracy and unfortunately, many suggestions have involved increasing the bureaucracy and complexity of the VA programs.  I disagree with this approach.

As a former Deputy Undersecretary of the Army, I have seen firsthand how large government agencies can execute policy effectively. We did it in the Army, and I believe the VA is no different. To solve the problem in the VA, I would pursue methods of shrinking the bureaucracy by providing veterans greater flexibility to acquire their health support. For example, I want to allow veterans to receive care at any accredited health care institution.

My approach to this issue is motivated by the broader political philosophy that a limited government can be far more effective than an excessive and impractical one.  Hence, when crafting public policy, I always seek to minimize the role of government and maximize the freedom of people to make their own decisions.

When voters head to the polls this November, I hope they ignore the petty attacks hurled by my opponent and instead consider our different visions for solving the critical issues we face. When they do, I believe they will choose me – a candidate whose vision is that problems can best be addressed with a smaller, more efficient federal government that serves the people without intruding on their lives.