AMAC recently supported a new bill that seeks to ensure that benefits are delivered to America’s veterans in an effective and efficient manner. Representative Jeff Miller (R-FL) introduced H.R. 4031, the “VA Management Accountability Act,” to increase accountability within the Veterans Administration (VA) and to protect veterans from future bureaucratic injustices. This bill gives the Secretary of the VA the authority to fire or demote employees whose work performances warrant removal – allowing the VA to appropriately address the most pressing problems plaguing the department. The VA plays a crucial role in the administration of veterans’ benefits and has an obligation to see that its own bureaucratic vulnerabilities do not impede the department’s abilities to carry out its basic responsibilities. AMAC believes that H.R. 4031 is an essential first step in strengthening the VA and giving peace of mind to the brave men and women who have dutifully served our country. AMAC is proud to partner with Rep. Miller in support of this legislation and will continue to advocate on behalf of mature American veterans across the country.
March 21st, 2014
The Honorable Jeff Miller
1st District, Florida
U.S. House of Representatives
336 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Representative Miller,
On behalf of the 1.1 million members of AMAC, the Association of Mature American Citizens, I am writing to offer our strong support to H.R. 4031, the “VA Management Accountability Act.” This significant piece of legislation seeks to increase accountability within the Veterans Administration (VA) and to ensure that benefits are both effectively and efficiently administered to the brave men and women who have dutifully served our nation.
H.R. 4031 grants authority to the Secretary of the VA to remove or demote employees whose work performances warrant punitive action. Instituting accountability within the VA promises to empower the department to address its most pressing problems, including the substantial backlog of disability benefits and the growing number of preventable veteran deaths at VA medical centers across the country. The VA has an obligation to America’s veterans to see that its own bureaucratic vulnerabilities do not impede the department’s ability to fulfill its basic responsibilities.
AMAC believes that H.R. 4031 is a critical first step toward strengthening the VA and tackling the systematic weaknesses that have plagued the department for far too many years. America’s veterans – many of whom are disabled or rely on their compensation checks to help pay bills or buy food – should not continue to be unnecessarily burdened by the VA’s inability to responsibly and effectively manage its own department obligations.
Like many Americans, AMAC remains very concerned with how our veterans are cared for and treated. AMAC believes this legislation appropriately honors their sacrifices and will enable the VA to serve our veterans better in the future. Thanks to your concern and attention for this important issue, AMAC is pleased to support H.R. 4031, the “VA Management Accountability Act.”
President and Founder of AMAC