More on Veterans Issues
WASHINGTON— Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) released the following statement after the passage of his legislation, H.R. 6435, a bill to authorize the Directors of Veterans Integrated Service Networks of the Department of Veterans Affairs to enter into contracts with appropriate civilian accreditation entities or appropriate health care evaluation entities to investigate medical centers of the Department of Veterans Affairs:
This week, we have the opportunity to honor all the brave men and women who have served in our Armed Forces. It is because of this small group of dedicated people that we live in a free country, and we owe 100% of our freedoms to this small group of individuals.
Our veterans are some of our nation’s greatest unsung heroes. They were called to serve during times of war, many times not knowing if they would ever return. We owe a great debt to these brave men and women that I’m not sure we can ever fully repay. But we must try because they have earned that respect from us.
WASHINGTON – In 2010, veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces after 2001 received an update to their education benefits. The update was signed into law under the Post 9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2010, also referred to as the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) has introduced a bill that will give more veterans access to mental health care. An oversight in current law allows only mental health providers who have received a master’s degree in mental health counseling to serve in the U.S. Department of Affairs (VA) as licensed professional mental health counselors. The law does not take into account those mental health professionals who do not have a master’s degree but do have an equivalent or higher degree, like a Ph.D. or M.D., in mental health counseling.
MUSKOGEE – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) on Thursday met with the Deputy Secretary of the Veterans Affairs Administration (VA), Sloan Gibson, to get an update on the VA’s investigation into quality of care and management issues at the Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System.
The hospital’s chief of staff, Dr. Thomas Schneider, has been transferred to a VA outpatient clinic in Tulsa pending the conclusion of the investigation. Gibson will return to the Muskogee hospital for another oversight visit within 90 days.
MUSKOGEE – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) has announced the schedule for his 2016 Veteran Information Days events. The two events will be held on March 24, 2016, in Sallisaw and Durant.
Mullin holds his annual Veteran Information Days to give veterans and their families the opportunity to learn more about the resources that are available to them. There is no registration required to attend the events.
It was recently discovered that a suicide hotline operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) sent crisis calls from some veterans to voicemail. This is unacceptable and shameful. Our veterans, our nation’s heroes, deserve better.
MUSKOGEE – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) hosted an event at the Oklahoma State Capitol on Monday to discuss state and federal government responses to the increasing number of suicides committed by veterans. Mullin hosted the event with special guests State Senator Frank Simpson (District 14) and State Representative Dustin Roberts (District 21).
MUSKOGEE – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) and Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe are asking the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to expedite efforts to establish a veterans’ medical clinic in McCurtain County.
On Dec. 11, 2015, Mullin and Inhofe sent a letter to the director of the VA Rocky Mountain Network, the Department’s service network in charge of Oklahoma, asking him to ensure the VA’s contracting office expedites its work on the southeast Oklahoma clinic so the project can finally be sent out for bid.