Jeb Bush Pledges Major Overhaul for Veterans Affairs, Promises to Fix Brother’s Mess

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Former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at the Hispanic Leadership Network conference, Thursday, April 18, 2013 in Coral Gables, Fla. Bush says he applauds the comprehensive reform bill formally unveiled Thursday in Washington and told conference attendees the bill tries to balance the immigrant experience and respect for the rule of law. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at the Hispanic Leadership Network conference, Thursday, April 18, 2013 in Coral Gables, Fla. Bush says he applauds the comprehensive reform bill formally unveiled Thursday in Washington and told conference attendees the bill tries to balance the immigrant experience and respect for the rule of law. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at the Hispanic Leadership Network conference, Thursday, April 18, 2013 in Coral Gables, Fla. Bush says he applauds the comprehensive reform bill formally unveiled Thursday in Washington and told conference attendees the bill tries to balance the immigrant experience and respect for the rule of law. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Looking to steady his presidential bid that seems to be stumbling, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is pitching an overhaul of how the country treats veterans as he campaigns Monday in South Carolina.

The Republican hopeful criticized Department of Veterans Affairs programs as antiquated and pledged to modernize the system, which serves more than 6 million Americans a year. In an op-ed piece in the National Review, Bush highlighted what he said were deficiencies in the system and promised to give veterans more choices for their care.

“The entire system needs to be simplified, reformed and refocussed on its most important mission—to ‘care for those who shall have borne the battle,’” Bush wrote.

Bush pointed to documents revealed last week that showed the VA denied more than 35,000 combat veterans care due to a computer glitch. “In this day and age, veterans should be able to login, make or cancel an appointment and check on the status of that appointment with little hassle,” Bush wrote in his proposal.

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