GUARD Act vs. PLUS Act: Veterans should study dueling bills on health care

As a Virginia resident and a veteran, I’ve studied the congressional dueling bills on health care for veterans and highly recommend all those who served in the armed forces do the same.

Of America’s roughly 18 million veterans, the latest census data shows over 670,000 in the commonwealth. Since over 5 million nationally receive federal disability benefits from the Veterans Administration (VA), statistically speaking, hundreds of thousands of Virginia veterans will be impacted by what happens through these rival Congressional bills.

As described in a recent article in the Augusta Free Press, the first is called the Governing Unaccredited Representatives Defrauding Veterans, or GUARD Act for short. The competitor to GUARD is the Preserving Lawful Utilization of Services, a.k.a. PLUS Act.