Earlier this month the United States House of Representatives passed Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur’s bill, the Veterans’-Specific Education for Tomorrow’s Health Professionals Act of 2019, to address a shortage of medical staff caring for our veterans.
The shortage of Veterans Health Administration physicians and medical professionals has been a major problem for medical centers across the country, and no one deserves adequate treatment and medical care more than Americans who have selflessly served our nation. This bill would direct the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) to create a three year pilot program in at least five VA medical centers for pre-med students to gain clinical observation experience, allowing them to gain a deeper understanding of the specific needs and experiences of working with veterans.
Congresswoman Kaptur worked to pass this bill in bipartisan fashion. The Dean of Ohio’s congressional delegation said “This legislation is a win-win. I thank our veterans’ service organizations, including the American Legion and Paralyzed Veterans of America, for supporting this legislation and I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to advance this Act to the President’s desk without delay.”