New White House Policies Could Put Veterans’ Health at Stake


By Alicia Adamczyk

Veterans voted for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton by a 2-to-1 margin back in November. But a couple of changes that the new administration has underway are likely to put a particular squeeze on former service members’ health care.

One particular flashpoint is at the Department of Veterans Affairs. When President Trump made good on his campaign promise last week to freeze federal hiring, the move included thousands of open positions at the VA system — including hundreds of nurses and doctors, according to USA Today.

Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, told reporters last week that at “the VA in particular … hiring more people isn’t the answer, it’s hiring the right people.” But David Shulkin, Trump’s nominee to head the department, has said in the past the agency needs to fill its thousands of open positions in order to improve the inadequate care and long wait times that have plagued the department for years.

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