Dr. Gosar is a strong supporter of our nation’s veterans. Paul has been leading the charge to improve care within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and cleanup the Phoenix VA. Former House Veteran Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller endorsed Dr. Gosar stating, "Paul Gosar was a reliable ally in the fight to expose corruption at the Phoenix VA hospital. He is a strong advocate for Arizona's veterans."
Paul has passed 13 appropriations amendments through the House to improve care for our nation's veterans including:
- Reprioritizing $4 million in wasteful spending to programs that prevent veterans suicide.
- Reprioritizing $11 million in wasteful spending to Veterans Treatment Courts.
- Prohibiting the altering of claims data by VA staff. VA officials have been manipulating wait times to improve numbers and receive bonuses.
- Preventing the VA from squandering $72 million on bureaucrats and a new office that will do nothing to improve veterans' care.
- Preventing rogue VA employees from squandering taxpayer money, abusing their authority and violating VA relocation regulations.
- Reprioritizing resources in order to reduce the VA claims backlog.
- Reprioritizing resources in order to reduce the Board of Veterans Appeals backlog.
- Prohibiting bonuses for senior VA officials.
- Ensuring adequate funding for the Inspector General for the purposes of investigating the Phoenix VA scandal.
- H.R. 4974, the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017. Roll Call #228.
- H.R. 2029, the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016. Roll Call #193.
- H.R. 4486, the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015. Roll Call #187.
- H.R. 2216, the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014. Roll Call #193.
- H.R. 5854, the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013. Roll Call #305.
- H.R. 1313, the Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Relief Act. Roll Call #241.
- H.R. 1382, Boosting Rates of American Veteran Employment Act (BRAVE Act). Roll Call #242.
- H.R. 294, the Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act. Roll Call #107.
- H.R. 3230, Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency. Roll Call #467.
- H.R. 4031, the Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act. Roll Call #229.
H.R. 4974, the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs (VA) and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2017, included Dr. Gosar’s important provision that will ensure that the Veteran Crisis Line provides an immediate response when our nation’s heroes contact this suicide hotline. An Inspector General’s investigation and multiple media outlets revealed that callers were being forwarded to voicemail or not receiving the service this government-funded hotline is supposed to provide. Paul’s language that will correct this injustice was signed into law.
Given the lack of care, wait times and poor treatment of our nation’s veterans by the VA at times, Dr. Gosar supports allowing veterans, particularly those in rural areas, to be seen by non-VA doctors and for the doctors to then be reimbursed by the VA.
Paul is also a big supporter of Veterans Treatments Courts. He has passed multiple amendments that redirected resources from wasteful spending in bills to these Veterans Courts that promote sobriety and recovery through coordinated local partnerships. Veterans Treatments Courts have been very effective and assisted with reducing recidivism rates, combating PTSD and keeping veterans who have fallen on hard times out of jail.
Dr. Gosar and his staff helped secure a new, stand-alone VA contract outpatient clinic in Payson, Arizona so rural veterans will have more access to quality care and less lengthy drives to Phoenix.
In the 113th Congress, the House passed Dr. Gosar’s bill into law that designated the Department of Veterans Affairs Vet Center in Prescott, Arizona, as the “Dr. Cameron McKinley Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Center”. This was a fitting honor as Dr. McKinley honorably served in the U.S. Marines and the U.S. Army and was the Chief Psychologist for years at the Prescott Veterans Affairs Hospital.