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Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Representing the 12th District of Florida

Bilirakis Outlines VA Priorities for 2017

January 5, 2017
Press Release


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) gave his first speech of the 115th Congress today outlining his vision for reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and improving care for Veterans.  

Full remarks are below, or click here to watch online.

“Mr. Speaker, as the 115th Congress kicks off this week, I remain committed to supporting our nation’s Veterans.

“We made some good progress last year, but there’s still work to be done.

“While our military spends over six months preparing soldiers for assignment, we only spend five days preparing them to reintegrate to civilian life. I will be making it a priority to ensure Veterans have a robust transition and support system for returning home.

“We also must bring greater accountability and transparency to the VA. If a VA employee fails in their duty to care for our nation’s heroes, they should be swiftly terminated. We need to turn around this culture of mediocrity at the agency. 

“I look forward to working with Chairman Roe and my colleagues on the House VA Committee in the year ahead to stand up for our men and women in uniform. Thank you.”