Supporting Our Veterans and Military Families
Strengthen veterans assistance, access to a variety of physical and mental health care and housing. Provide avenues for transitional employment, education and training programs for veterans and their families in the territory.
- USVI veterans do not have access to the same level of services as Puerto Rico veterans.
- USVI does not have a VA hospital, so USVI veterans must go to a private emergency facility.
- Veterans can wait three months for a doctor’s appointment, unless the doctor at the USVI Community Based Outpatient Clinic approves expediting an appointment.
- Benefit applications are not given the same treatment, and if a veteran was to apply for benefits or disability claims, they would more likely get them if they applied through a mainland office instead of through Puerto Rico.
- The high cost of living can be challenging for VI veterans.
- Work closely with the Delegate to Congress to advance employment initiatives for our Veterans under the Hire a Hero Act, to bring training and workforce development opportunities to the VI.
- Ensure that veterans who do not speak English have the resources, forms and support they need to access medical care and community engagement.
- Improve access to and programs that allow for inpatient care, 24-hour care, emergency care, and outpatient specialty care in the USVI.
- Hire an advocate who specifically works with various agencies and hospitals to address, monitor and resolve veterans’ concerns.
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