Plumb Announces Policy Priorities for Rural Veterans & Their Families
Event in Hornell Focuses on Veterans in Rural Communities
Hornell, New York – U.S. Navy Captain John Plumb, fourth generation Western New Yorker and candidate for Congress in New York’s 23rd District, announced his policy priorities for “Keeping Our Promise to Rural Veterans and Their Families.” The event was held at the Hornell VFW. Yesterday, Plumb was promoted from Commander to the rank of U.S. Navy Captain in a private ceremony of family and friends in his hometown of Randolph.
“As a service member and the son of a service member living in a rural area, I have a personal stake in ensuring our veterans and their families have access to the support and services they need to be successful. There are 5.3 million veterans living in rural communities like ours all across America. And more and more of us are veterans who served in recent military operations like Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation New Dawn,” said Captain Plumb. “From provider and specialist shortages to limited broadband coverage to long travel times and limited economic opportunities, these additional challenges need to be specifically addressed in order to improve care for rural veterans. That is why I am committed to pursuing an integrated, whole-of-person care model focused on improving access and quality of services for veterans specifically in rural communities.”
U.S. Navy Captain Plumb’s policy priorities for keeping our promise to rural veterans and their families includes:
Expand Economic Opportunities in Rural Areas: Expedite professional licensing procedures and increase access to capital for veterans so they can come back home to start businesses and build successful civilian careers in rural areas.
Align Education Opportunities with Military Experience: Recognize that returning veterans have a range of different life experiences that 18-year olds starting college straight from high school do not. Develop best practices and programs that maximize education success for veterans seeking to use the post-9/11 GI Bill. Protect veterans from predatory for-profit colleges by closing loopholes that allow exploitation of veterans and their families.
Improve Access and Quality of Healthcare: Expand collaborations and health information exchanges between VA and non-VA healthcare providers and enhance coverage of telemedicine options when appropriate. Revise 40-mile rule that handcuffs Veterans Choice program users and immediately fix the related billing problems.
Revise our approach to Mental Health and Well-being: Improve and streamline access to treatment by increasing the number of covered behavioral health providers and proactively addressing issues of stigma especially in small, rural communities. Streamline paperwork and other delays in care to ensure rapid access to support for those most in need.
Support Military Families: Protect family members’ access to key services, like TRICARE and the GI Bill. Provide immediate families and caregivers, especially those in rural communities, with information and training to better identify and respond to potential problems like opioid addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Here is a link to Captain Plumb’s full policy paper on “Keeping Our Promise to Rural Veterans and Their Families.”