Thursday, April 17, 2014

ICYMI: This is about truth telling!

Congressman David Schweikert (AZ-06)
Yesterday there was a rally to futher expose problems at the Veterans Administration (VA). We had the chance to listen to many of our deserving heroes and better understand the issues they're facing with the local VA hospital. Please, take a look at the article below. Let me know what you think.
Arizona Republic: Vets rally in Phoenix to decry VA care, seek reforms
Dennis Wagner and Michelle Ye Hee Lee

Roughly 150 veterans and their supporters rallied at Steele Indian School Park Wednesday to call attention to deep flaws in the Phoenix VA Health Care System and to seek congressional reform.
The rally, attended by Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., was organized by Concerned Veterans for America in the wake of last week's disclosures by current and former Department of Veterans Affairs employees and a congressional committee that dozens of VA hospital patients in Arizona may have died while awaiting medical care.
Schweikert urged those in the audience Wednesday to press for legislation that would hold VA administrators accountable by making it easier to fire those who are incompetent.
"Management needs to know, when they screw up, they lie to us, they misrepresent the numbers, they don't get transferred to another facility, they get transferred to the unemployment line," Schweikert said.
Last week, Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, said the panel's investigators have concluded as many as 40 Arizona veteran deaths could be related to VA delays in providing them medical care. He said investigators also have evidence that the Phoenix system keeps two sets of records to conceal prolonged patient waits for doctor appointments and treatment.
Schweikert said that estimate of the number of veterans who died awaiting care may be short of the actual number.
"Be prepared to see a very different number when the investigation is over," Schweikert added. "This is about truth telling."
Read the rest of the story here.
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