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Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Representing the 12th District of Florida

Bilirakis Statement on Phoenix VA Failing Veterans

October 5, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Gus Bilirakis, Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement on a recent Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General report detailing the continued problems plaguing the Phoenix VA Health Care System. The report reveals that Veterans are still waiting too long for care at the facility, and the delays may have contributed to the death of at least one Phoenix-area veteran. Click here to read the full report.

“This report has revealed an unacceptable truth about the Phoenix VA Health Care System: Despite additional resources and funding, Veterans seeking care in the Phoenix area are not receiving the treatment they have earned through their service,” said Bilirakis. “It is particularly disturbing to hear that the continued delays and rampant mismanagement at this facility may have contributed to the recent death of at least one veteran. The Phoenix VA Health Care System has long been associated with lengthy wait-times and messy bureaucratic management, and yet this report does little to bring accountability to those responsible for the current problems. Clearly, fixing the issues in Phoenix and across the country is about more than providing resources and funding, it’s about changing the culture at this agency so that our Veterans come first.”