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Subcommittee Holds Hearing on the Federal Recovery Care Coordinator Program

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Washington, April 28, 2009 | comments
Washington, D.C. – Today, Ranking Member Dr. Phil Roe made the following statement during a Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation hearing on the Federal Recovery Coordination Program (FRCP), which provides injured service members with a single point of contact for decisions regarding care and benefits.

“Last month, this Subcommittee held a hearing during which three veterans spoke about the care they received. Upon hearing their testimony, concern grew among several of my colleagues and I that they had not received contact or assistance from the FRCP team.

“This is particularly troubling since last year, this Subcommittee held a hearing on this very issue, and members were assured that the FRCP team was being staffed and that outreach was being conducted to contact newly injured service members, as well as those who have already been discharged. From the testimony we heard last month, this is apparently not happening.

“I want assurances that the witnesses who testified last month have been contacted and that they are now receiving the assistance they deserve. I also want assurances that incidences like we heard last month are not going to occur again, and no other veterans will slip through the cracks of the bureaucracy.

“The Subcommittee will maintain close oversight of this fledgling program which carries so much importance for wounded warriors and their families. I have asked for a 180-day progress report, rather than waiting for the scheduled one-year update, to ensure that these brave men and women are receiving the services FRCP is intended to provide.”

The Department of Veterans Affairs has created a website providing information specific to OEF/OIF veterans, which includes FRCP. A toll free number is also available: www.oefoif.va.gov or 1-877-732-4456.

Individuals are encouraged to use these resources regarding questions about FRCP and other benefits.

For more news from House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Republicans, please go to: http://republicans.veterans.house.gov.

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Tags: Veterans