An estimated 40% of all outpatient appointments at Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals and clinics have already be privatized, that is, the veterans requesting healthcare have been sent to private health care providers via the Choice and Community Care programs.
The Veterans for Peace Work Group is seeking volunteers to help Save Our VA. Volunteers will conduct a local press conference and "public awareness increase" actions at VA hospital staff exit points on some work days at shift end time (say 3-5PM) holding a Stop VA Privatization banner and handing out leaflets to VA workers as they leave for home. Other volunteers will write letters to the editor of their local papers, lobby their House and Senate members' staffers at local offices and take any other actions they decide to do.
We hope to help set up 100 or more Save Our VA Action Teams in 100 or so communities with VA healthcare facilities in January and February of 2018.
Our objective is to use the media to help educate veteran families, VA workers and the general public that the VA is rapidly being privatized, that 8 of 10 vets using the DO NOT want the VA privatized, that the VA has 49,000 vacant jobs, that most of these jobs are healthcare jobs, that private care costs possibly 30% more than the same care provided at the VA, and that vets want the VA Fixed, Funded & Fully Staffed.
IF YOU ARE WILLING TO TRY TO HELP US, PLEASE COMPLETE AND SUBMIT THIS SURVEY. We will then contact you about helping to organize this effort. What ever local people decide - that is what will be done. This is NOT a top down driven effort. We, as members of the Vets for Peace Work Group, will try our best to help your local team be successful by giving advice where we can!
PS The survey is 9 questions and takes about 2.5 minutes to complete.