Congressman Lamar Smith

Representing the 21st District of Texas
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Smith Demands VA Changes to Assure Veterans Timely Health Care Access

May 20, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DC – On Thursday, Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and a bipartisan group of Texas members of Congress sent a letter to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald requesting answers and action on reports of scheduling wait time manipulation at VA facilities in Austin, San Antonio and Temple.

Smith was joined by Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Rep. Bill Flores, Rep. Henry Cuellar, Rep. Roger Williams and Rep. Joaquin Castro, in writing to express their ongoing concern with the state of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the affect it has on Texas Veterans.

Congressman Lamar Smith: “Providing timely health care is a non-partisan issue and the VA is simply not meeting our veterans’ needs. Now more than ever, the VA and its employees must make changes to assure that the men and women who served our nation are provided timely access to health care.

“On behalf of the Veterans we represent, we ask that these revelations convince VA leadership to make meaningful progress in developing a comprehensive scheduling policy so that all Veterans can receive the care they deserve.”


PDF icon 05192016 signed TX letter on VA scheduling issues.pdf