Like many of you, I was outraged by the recent reports of misconduct at Veterans Affairs (VA) health centers across the nation. As a military parent, I am incredibly upset that this could have ever happened to the men and women who honorably served our nation.
That is why I recently visited the VA Central Iowa Health Care System in Des Moines with Congressman Tom Latham where we met with the director and were briefed on the process used for scheduling appointments and the average wait time for new patients, as well as new construction and upgrades at the facility. I also visited the Iowa City VA Health Care System to meet with the acting director to get an update on the processes their facilities use, as well as a general update on the quality of care that veterans receive.
Congressman Dave Loebsack and Congressman Tom Latham discuss the process used for scheduling appointments, the average wait time for new patients, and new construction and upgrades at the facility during a briefing from the VA Central Iowa Health Care System
While I have been extremely concerned about the reports of alleged preventable deaths and reported cover ups at VA health clinics nationwide, I know that Iowa VA employees are doing an excellent job taking care of our veterans. We owe it to our nation’s veterans to provide the resources necessary to hire additional doctors and nurses so they can continue the great work they do in our community.
Please be assured that I will continue to work to improve care and benefits for our service members and veterans. If you or someone in your family is a veteran and needs assistance, please do not hesitate to contact my office. I firmly believe that we must redouble our efforts to provide the best care possible to those who volunteered to serve and defend our nation when they return home. I will continue to work to ensure that Iowa’s VA hospitals have the resources and personnel to provide Iowa veterans with world-class health care.