Sen. Mike Johanns says the Veterans Administration must fulfill its vow to veterans.
Johanns has spoken with the new Veterans Affairs Secretary, Robert McDonald, about implementing a law just passed by Congress to address problems with long patient delays.
“Recent scandals and failures at the Department of Veterans Affairs in no way upholds the pledge that we’ve made to our veterans,” Johanns tells Nebraska reporters during a recent conference call. “That’s why the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee is working to hold the agency’s feet to the fire.”
Stories have surfaced across the country about incredibly long delays for health care. Some VA hospitals have been accused of covering up the delays.
Johanns, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, says the VA must implement the new law while not forgetting needed facility upgrades.
“We simply need to find a solution to replace the 1950s era VA hospital, like the one in Omaha, for the growing number of veterans that need these services,” Johanns says. “A 1950s facility is not acceptable, whether it’s in Omaha or any other part of the country.”