WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today introduced Veterans of Foreign Wars Commander-in-Chief Keith Harman to the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, on which Brown is a member. Harman is from Delphos, Ohio, and spoke at a Veterans’ Committee field hearing convened by Brown in Columbus last year.

“The best ideas don’t come out of Washington – they come from constituents who bring their ideas to us. That’s why Commander Harman is here today to share the concerns and priorities of Ohio veterans with our Committee, so we can continue to improve the healthcare, education and other benefits our veterans have earned,” said Brown.

Commander Harman was testifying before the Committee as part of its ongoing hearings on the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) budget. Harman called for the passage of the Caring for Our Veterans Act, which includes several provisions authored by Brown.

The bill would:

  • Create the “Veterans Community Care Program,” so veterans, along with their doctors, can decide whether to seek medical care at VA or in their community.
  • Expand eligibility for VA’s veteran caregivers program to include veterans of all generations. Also implement programs to better support veteran caregivers.
  • Give specific training to doctors outside the VA system on how to address veterans’ unique medical needs. 
  • Strengthen VA opioid prescribing guidelines and require community providers to adhere to those guidelines.