Secretary applauds successful MISSION Act rollout

On June 6, the Department of Veterans Affairs kicked off an important piece of the MISSION Act that lets our Veterans use community care providers across America.

It’s an historic change – and it is working because of you!

On the very first day, more than 44,000 Veterans used the Decision Support Tool to examine whether they are eligible for community care. In the early stages of the program, we’re seeing only minor technical issues that are being resolved quickly once they’re spotted.

We also launched a new urgent care network that is now being accessed by nearly 300 Veterans a day.

The smooth rollout of a major program is never a sure thing in Washington, D.C. But your excellent work on the MISSION Act got the attention of the White House and President Trump, who praised the VA’s dedicated staff for its performance.

I’m proud to work with so many talented people at the VA. I thank you for all you’ve done to make this new system a reality for our wounded warriors, and its immediate use shows Veterans are also thankful.

This victory belongs to you, and to the growing number of Veterans the MISSION Act will help in the months and years. Thank you again, and congratulations.




Robert Wilkie

The Honorable Robert L. Wilkie was sworn in to serve as Secretary of Veterans Affairs on July 30, 2018. He also served as the Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs from March 28, 2018 to May 29, 2018.

Before confirmation as VA Secretary, Mr. Wilkie served Secretary James Mattis as his Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness—the principal advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense for Total Force Management as it relates to readiness, National Guard and Reserve component affairs, health affairs, training, and personnel requirements and management, including equal opportunity, morale, welfare, recreation, and the quality of life for military families.


  1. Dennis L Noah    

    We shall see. Yesterday I was referred to a middleman company in D.C. by my local VA. The middleman is supposed to establish an appointment with a private provider. I was informed that it will require 7 to10 days to schedule the appointment. I do not know how much time after the latter the actual appointment will be.

  2. Randy Hollis    

    Have you had an opportunity to consider adding any other cancers to the AO presumptive disease list. On Team Inspire I had read that you might possibly make that decision toward the end of June?

    I served in Vietnam 67-68 and like many of my fellow soldiers was exposed often to Agent Blue, just one of the many Herbicides use during the war to assist in killing vegetation in the Central Highlands as well as the MeKong Delta provinces.
    Diagnosed with Bladder Cancer in 2006, three surgeries and have been clean ever since thank God. I still get probed twice a year at the local VA Clinic.
    I never smoked, I do not and have not ever drank alcohol and there is no evidence of BC in my family history. Therefore, I and thousands of other Vietnam and Korean Vets are frustrated that BC has never been added even though there have been several IOM reports suggesting their is a correlation between herbicides and BC, especially agent Blue, (inorganic arsenic).
    Your consideration would be appreciated by literally thousands of Veterans that served proudly.

    Randy Hollis
    4th Infantry Division
    11B, 67-68

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