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Mullin Hosts Veteran-centric Events to Improve Care, Promote Resources

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Claremore, May 4, 2018 | comments

Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) hosted three veteran-centric events during the district work period with one goal in mind: ensuring Oklahoma’s veterans receive the assistance they need and the benefits they have earned.  The Congressman hosted two Veterans Information Workshops and a press conference introducing a new piece of legislation to curb the overprescribing of opioids at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Congressman Mullin’s annual Veterans Information Workshops provide valuable resources to Oklahoma’s veterans.  “We still have veterans from Korea and Vietnam that have never used the VA system before,” Mullin told News on 6.  “They've never reached out for help.  They don't know what benefits are available to them and they’ve earned it."

This year’s events in Claremore and McAlester brought over 20 veterans organizations including the Department of the VA, American Legion, Military Order of Purple Heart, Oklahoma Employment Commission, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Wounded Veterans of Oklahoma, and more together under one roof.  The various organizations informed veterans about the benefits available to them as well as provided information about housing and employment opportunities.  Veterans caseworkers from Congressman Mullin’s office were also on hand to answer any questions and serve in their role as a liaison between the veterans and federal agencies.

Congressman Mullin also joined Senator Jim Inhofe for a press conference to discuss new legislation to reduce the opioid prescription rates of VA doctors.  The bill requires the VA to track prescription rates of all its physicians.  "Every year, we're going to run a test throughout the VA to look at all the doctors and what they prescribe,” Mullin said.  “The top ten percent of the doctors that prescribe pain medicine, they've got to go get additional training."  The legislation will be introduced in the House and Senate in the coming weeks. 

Congressman Mullin is a strong supporter of our nation’s military and its veterans.  To date, he has helped push bills through Congress to ensure VA medical centers are providing the highest quality care possible for our veterans (S. 1266) and to authorize veterans to use their GI Bill education benefits at independent study programs at Career Technical Education (CTE) centers (H.R. 3218).  

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