Charles deployed to Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He was declared 60% disabled by the VA after leaving the military. He has used the VA clinic in Modesto for his health care services. Though, Charles has had great care from the Modesto VA clinic, he understands that not everyone has the same experience.
Charles has driven to Palo Alto at least 10 times for specialty services. Palo Alto VA is a great hospital, but six hours of driving is unrealistic for most veterans.
Our congressional leaders should:
Expand access to medical specialists in the veterans’ local communities
Expand access for mental health services
Make disabled veterans an assumed socially disadvantaged category under the SBA section 8(a) business program