Our Veterans Need Health Care Innovation – Not More Soundbite

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In this week’s Democratic debate, presidential contenders sparred about nearly every recent news headline, focusing on rhetoric while stopping short of diving into specific policy solutions. We now know about their surprising friendships, but still, lack insight into how they would handle the issues that millions of Americans discuss at kitchen tables across the country. One of those issues: health care access for veterans. 

Veterans issues received less than a minute of airtime—a brief mention of marijuana usage in a broader question about opioid abuse—yet the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) shortcomings remain a major hurdle that millions of former servicemembers need to overcome.