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President Barack Obama hugs Stg. Maj. James McGruder as he arrives to speak at the Wallace Theater in Fort Belvoir, Va., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, about H.R. 3230, the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014. The bill gives resources to the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve access and quality of care for veterans. Also on stage from left are, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert McDonald, Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-In., Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Calif., Rep. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Me., and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, of Maryland. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (Jacquelyn Martin)
Rep. Walorski attends presidential signing of VA reform measure
Posted on Aug. 8, 2014 at 10:13 a.m.

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski was on hand Thursday, Aug. 7, for the signing of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reform legislation.

The Republican lawmaker, who took an active role in pushing for the legislation, was among the invitees to the signing by President Obama at Fort Belvoir, Va. She touted the strong support the measure received from Democratic and GOP lawmakers, but said the fight for veterans isn’t over.

“Now, we need to roll up our sleeves and work with (VA) Secretary (Robert) McDonald to ensure the VA makes the necessary changes to provide vets can the care they deserve,” she said in a statement.

The new legislation, stemming from reports that veterans seeking attention at VA health care facilities around the country faced long delays, opens up health care options for veterans in rural areas and veterans who face waits of over 30 days to see doctors. It also increases funding for health care workers and allows the department head to fire poor performing executives.

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