As a veteran himself, Senator McCain has long gone to battle with the bureaucracy at the Department of Veterans Affairs to reduce wait times and improve the care provided to our nation’s veterans.
Because of his status as a well-known veteran in Congress, Senator McCain is often contacted by veterans in need of assistance from across the country, not just Arizona. Most all other offices refer those out-of-state cases back to their home-state Senators, but Senator McCain's office actually works cases for any veteran who contacts us. As a result, Senator McCain’s office works far more veterans-related cases than any other office of the Senate.
Senator McCain has 10 caseworkers on staff. Nine are working VA issues right now and five of those are solely dedicated to working VA issues. In 2014, at the start of the VA scandal, Senator McCain’s office worked 3,500 VA-related cases (1,200 of these cases were out-of-state individuals). Senator McCain’s office has helped veterans receive hundreds of thousands of dollars-worth of benefits and retroactive benefits payments in just the last year.
If you have information concerning mismanagement, or waste, fraud, and abuse within our VA system, you can contact the VA Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-488-8244 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Senator McCain’s Office at 602-952-2410 or here. If you, as a veteran, are encountering problems receiving care, or if you know a veteran who is having similar difficulty, please contact Senator McCain's office at 602-952-2410 or here.
Please note that, if you are a veteran encountering problems receiving care and would like the Senator’s assistance, in order to assist you with your situation his office must have your written consent. The Privacy Act of 1974 protects your personal information, and prohibits a federal agency from distributing your personal information to another party without your written consent. A federal agency will not allow the Senator’s office to assist you without a completed written form of consent. Confidential crisis counseling is available 24/7 through The Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255.
Additional links to helpful resources for veterans are below.
Resources For Veterans
Over his career, Senator McCain has successfully advanced numerous pieces of legislation to help veterans, including these recent examples:
Veterans Suicide Prevention
Military Family Support
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|10/2/15||CONGRESS PASSES McCAIN-FLAKE BORDER JOBS FOR VETERANS ACT|
|9/29/15||HOUSE OF REPRESENATIVES PASSES BIPARTISAN BORDER JOBS FOR VETERANS ACT|
|9/16/15||SENATORS AYOTTE, McCAIN, ERNST, & McCASKILL CALL FOR PERMANENT WATCHDOG AT VA|
|9/10/15||SENATE UNANIMOUSLY PASSES BIPARTISAN FLAKE-McCAIN BILL TO HELP HIRE VETERANS FOR UNDERSTAFFED PORTS OF ENTRY|
|9/3/15||McCAIN ON REPORT CONFIRMING 300,000 VETERANS DIED AWAITING CARE|
|8/13/15||SENATOR JOHN McCAIN URGES EXPANSION OF ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY|
|7/17/15||STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN McCAIN ON ARIZONA VETERANS’ ACCESS TO CANCER TREATMENT IN MOHAVE COUNTY|
|7/14/15||SENATOR JOHN McCAIN DEMANDS ANSWERS TO ONGOING MISMANAGEMENT AND INADEQUATE CARE FOR VETERANS IN MOHAVE COUNTY, ARIZONA AND ACROSS AMERICA|
|7/8/15||STATEMENT FOR CONGRESSIONAL RECORD BY SENATOR JOHN McCAIN HONORING NAVY VETERAN FROM CHANDLER, ARIZONA|