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Reed advocates for veteran dental care
The Spectator - 9/19/2018
Sept. 19--WASHINGTON -- On Tuesday, Rep. Tom Reed (R-Corning) announced he will cosponsor a bipartisan bill to provide dental care for veterans.
"We care about helping our veterans who fought to keep this country safe and want to ensure our vets are treated fairly," Reed said. "Currently, most veterans are not eligible for dental care in the same way they are eligible for other care from the Veterans Administration."
"This bill will ensure dental care is provided to our veterans in the same way they would receive healthcare for anything else from the VA," Tom concluded.
The bill, H.R. 4556, requires the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to furnish dental care in the same manner as any other medical service. Reed says that, just as we cover the body and the mind, we should also cover the mouth.
He also highlighted his work to ensure ensured the Canandaigua VA Medical Center received $190 million for construction and repairs and the Department of Veterans Affairs received the highest level of funding in history to ensure our veterans receive fair and quality treatment.
As the son of a Silver Star recipient, Reed says veterans issues are a priority of his.
"I contacted Tom's office for assistance regarding lack of service from the Department of Veterans Affairs," Major Chris Karam of Corning said. "Specifically, I had waited patiently for over one year for my military records to be retrieved from the Army and sent to the VA. Within two weeks of contacting Tom's office, his staff and veteran's advocate successfully secured my records and put me on track with the VA. Additionally, I have witnessed first-hand the same level of excellent constituent service the Reed office has consistently provided to my fellow service members.
"Congressman Reed's office has been very helpful on several occasions including on our recent application for Veteran Owned Business certification when we seemed to be mired down in the bureaucracy of the application procedures, his office was able to facilitate the process," Doug Kirchner, owner of Monroe Table Company, Inc. in Salamanca said. "All the people there were very helpful and followed through until we had our certification."
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