POLL: How would you change the VA?
As a veteran, member of Congress, and member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, I have a responsibility to over 60,000 veterans who live in the counties I represent and to the millions more who rely on the VA. They deserve transparency and quality care, and I consider it an honor to work each day to help ensure they receive all that they are due for their sacrifice in serving our country.
Appalling revelations have emerged that 40 veterans died while waiting for care after being placed on a secret waitlist at the Phoenix Park Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. I want to see a world-class system for our veterans. I want a VA that works. Our veterans deserve nothing less.
We’ve known for a long time that there are systemic challenges with the way the VA delivers care. In light of the latest incidents, we should focus our attention on reforming the VA so that veterans have access to the benefits they’ve earned. Trying to get better results out of an inherently flawed system is not enough.
I recently visited the Palo Alto VA to review their scheduling practices and ensure that Central Valley veterans are being seen in a timely manner and have the access to healthcare that they are owed. I want to hear from you – have you or someone you know been impacted by mismanagement at the VA? What would you do if you could start over, re-building the VA from the ground up?
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