From my email inbox comes a press release from Democratic Congressional candidate Kelly Westlund calling for Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign over the recent scandal alleging that as many as 40 veterans died waiting up to 21 months for care at a VA hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.
Democratic candidate for Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District, Kelly Westlund is urging Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Shinseki to resign over the recent scandal as the first of many steps to reform the VA.
“The problems within the VA are serious and appalling. A change in leadership is an important first step, but we must reform the VA to ensure that our veterans receive quality care in a timely fashion,” Westlund said.
We need representatives that will stand up for our veterans, unlike Rep. Sean Duffy who claims to be on the side of our service members but consistently supports legislation like the Ryan Budget that hurts veterans. Duffy and the rest of Washington ought to be held accountable.
“I grew up in a military family. I know our service men and women put themselves in harm’s way for this country and deserve the top level of care when they get home,” Westlund said. “We can’t do that unless Washington is willing to make sure that the VA is adequately staffed and funded.”
Here’s more information regarding the VA scandal.
It also found that about 1,700 area veterans were not even on the wait-list and “continue to be at risk of being lost or forgotten” and “may never obtain their requested or required care.”
The report determined there is “systemic” misconduct throughout the VA.
The report did not confirm whether the long delays resulted in veterans’ deaths, but promised to investigate the link between wait times and “possible preventable deaths.”