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  • Fixing the VA is Difficult

    by Representative Doug LaMalfa

    Posted on 2015-01-21

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    LaMALFA asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mr. LaMALFA. Mr. Speaker, earlier this month, the President drove right past the Phoenix VA hospital, the facility at the center of the biggest scandal plaguing our Nation's veterans, without taking a second to stop.



    Last night in his hour-long speech, the President hardly skimmed the surface in addressing the major challenges our veterans are facing, but he did mention we need to do more to provide our veterans more job opportunities.

    We agree. In fact, on this same floor just a few weeks ago, Members of the House passed legislation that would do just that: encourage our employers to hire more of our heroes.

    Astonishingly, though, our President failed to even mention one word about the excessive wait times, second-rate care, fraudulent records, destroyed files, and complete incompetence that had been brought to light last year in the VA.

    He made no mention on the appeals process or recommendations to improve the lengthy process our veterans face to access the care and treatment they deserve, a topic the House is scheduled to have a hearing on tomorrow.

    Fixing the VA is difficult but not impossible. We are here to provide solutions, but we need our leader to be ready to work with us, to be ready to help us so we can finally give our veterans a system that works for them, not against them, in a timely fashion.

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