Trump signs bill to speed up veteran disability appeals process

Trump signs bill to speed up veteran disability appeals process

"They will receive timely updates and they will get decisions much more quickly in a fraction of the time".

"To fulfill our great patriotic duties, we must take care of our great veterans", the President said in a speech to the American Legion in Reno, Nevada, where he later signed into law a bill that modernizes the benefits claims appeals process at the VA, to help speed decisions for veterans.

Trump signed in June VA reform legislation meant to protect whistleblowers within the department.

For President Trump - legislation to improve the VA is one of the biggest legislative success stories that he has had in his first seven months in office, along with 14 measures that were approved to roll back specific rules and regulations from the Obama Administration.

The appeals process at the VA is lengthy, however, with a five-year average wait for a decision.

Veterans "deserve a better system", Cochran has said about the legislation, adding that for some, it could take years before they are given an answer on benefits.

Trump gave a shout-out to Republican Sen. Dean Heller, while noting Heller might not have arrived yet, saying, "Dean Heller is here someplace or will shortly be here. Someplace, or will shortly be here" and thanked the senator for attending.

"It is time to heal the wounds that have divided us, and to seek a new unity based on the common values that unite us".

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Trump's speech on Tuesday displayed a notably different tone compared to his announcement on Monday, and came just a week after Trump was widely criticized for not effectively condemning violence at a white supremacy rally the previous weekend by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

On Monday evening, Trump addressed a military fatigues-clad audience and said the United States would replace the now enacted time-based approach with a conditional based approach.

On Wednesday, Trump appeared to have followed his script closely and did not mention the statues at all, only saying "history and culture, so important", despite that about 1,000 protesters gathered outside the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.

Corker, the chairman of the Senate's Foreign Relations Committee, said after Trump's response to Charlottesville, 'The president has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful'.

"Last night, as you know, I laid out my vision for an honorable and enduring outcome in a very tough place, a place where our country has failed: Afghanistan", Trump said at Tuesday's campaign rally.

"Not a fan of Jeff Flake, weak on crime & border", Trump said of Flake who faces a tough re-election next year in a tweet on Wednesday morning.

Trump shouted he'd "openly called for healing unity and love" in the immediate aftermath of Charlottesville and had simply been misrepresented in news coverage.

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