Veterans won’t have to drive as far to receive federal healthcare if a proposal passes Congress. Republican Congressman Aaron Schock of Peoria says veteran’s hospitals are overburdened with the number of troops returning home as the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have been winding down. That’s why he is pushing a proposal that would allow veterans to receive healthcare in non-veterans hospitals.
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“We have a huge amount of veterans returning in the last decade,” Schock says. “More so than anytime that we’ve been at war, and as a result, has put a huge amount of burden and strain on the veteran’s clinics and veterans hospitals.” The proposal would spend $16 million nationally to expand healthcare services to rural hospitals. It has yet to receive a vote.