Hoeven to Thank and Honor Veterans and Their Families on Veterans Day

FARGO, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven will speak tomorrow at the Veterans Day Ceremony at the Fargo Veterans Memorial Auditorium to pay tribute to our nation’s veterans. Hoeven will provide the opening remarks for the event, during which he will encourage Americans to honor and recognize the sacrifices of veterans in tangible ways, especially by helping to meet their post-service needs. Hoeven is a member of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee.

In anticipation of the annual Veterans Day observance, Hoeven gave the following statement today to all veterans in North Dakota and the country:

“On Veterans Day and every day, we recognize that our nation and the freedoms we enjoy have been protected and guaranteed by brave men and women who have selflessly put themselves in harm’s way to serve our country,” said Hoeven. “We owe them not only our respect and tremendous appreciation, but also our commitment to honoring our nation’s promises to them.”

Hoeven has worked to improve veterans’ access to health care and extended care in their local communities. In July, Congress approved legislation that made a number of important reforms to the Veterans Choice Program, expanding access to veterans in need of local care. Others, however, are still experiencing delays and denials for local services. Hoeven said the real fix would be to pass the Access to Community Care for Veterans Act. The measure, which the Senate passed in May and still needs to be taken up by the House, amends the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (Choice Act) to allow veterans to obtain health care services in their local community if a Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center or CBOC within 40 miles can’t provide the necessary care.

Most recently, Hoeven and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the Veterans Access to Long Term Care and Health Services Act (S.2000), legislation that allows the VA to enter into provider agreements with qualified health care and extended care facilities. The bill enables more local providers to accept veteran patients without having to comply with burdensome and often times expensive federal contracting.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Wednesday, Senator Hoeven will deliver welcoming remarks at the Veterans Day Ceremony at the Fargo Veterans Memorial Auditorium in the Fargo Civic Auditorium. Hoeven will outline his efforts to give vets better access to the health care they have earned and deserve and thank the veterans and their families for their service to our nation.

Wednesday, November 11

10:55 a.m. CT           

Veterans Day Observance

Fargo Civic Auditorium
207 Fourth Street N