(CNSNews.com) – President Donald Trump signed into law on Wednesday the Veterans Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act, which “eliminates the original sunset date on the Veterans Choice Program” and “gives veterans who are unable to schedule an appointment at a VA facility in a timely or convenient manner the ability to receive care from an eligible non-VA health care.”
“Using funds that have already been appropriated for this program, this gives our nation’s heroes the peace of mind they deserve while this administration works with Congress to enact comprehensive reform and modernization at the VA,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said.
“The veterans have poured out their sweat and blood and tears for this country for so long, and it’s time that they’re recognized, and it’s time that we now take care of them, and take care of them properly,” the president said before signing the legislation.
“That’s why I’m pleased today to sign into law the Veterans Choice Program Improvement Act,” Trump said, which “ will extend and improve the Veterans Choice Program so that more veterans can see the doctor of their choice.”
Trump said the bill will ensure that veterans “don’t have to wait and travel long distances for VA care.”
“Some people have to travel five hours, eight hours, and they’ll have to do it on a weekly basis, and even worse than that. It’s not going to happen anymore,” he said.
“This was a very, very important bill to get started with so we can get Choice 2.0 to get to the place exactly where the president said he wanted to be, and it’s a privilege to work with all of these great people up here to help make the VA better,” said Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), who present at the signing.