Keller advocates for veterans

August 18, 2021
In The News

Rep. Fred Keller, R-Middleburg, and 80 of his colleagues, led by Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Texas, sent a bipartisan letter to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dennis McDonough, urging him to support initiatives that improve healthcare outcomes for veterans living in rural settings.

“58 percent of rural veterans are enrolled in the VA health care system, which is 21 percent higher than the enrollment rate for urban veterans,” the letter reads. “Despite this fact, rural communities can face challenges such as less access to care, fewer physician practices, less overall infrastructure to support the level of care needed, fewer transportation options, greater distance barriers, and limited broadband internet. It is imperative that the Office of Rural Health serve as a liaison for these communities as we identify ways to increase the overall access to care for rural veterans through creative solutions, cross-agency collaboration, public-private partnerships, and improved rural broadband.”

On the letter, Keller made the following statement:

“4.7 million veterans call rural America home, many of which live in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. I’m proud to join this bipartisan coalition in prioritizing care for rural veterans and urge the Department of Veterans Affairs to work with us and ensure those who fought for our freedoms have responsive and comprehensive healthcare options at their disposal, regardless of where they choose to live.”