Rep. Roy, Rep. Gooden Led Letter Urging VA Protect Community Care

Rep. Chip Roy (TX-21) and Rep. Lance Gooden (TX-5) led 9 Texas Republicans on Monday in sending a letter to VA Secretary McDonough, expressing concerns over North Texas veterans being placed on months-long waiting list instead of being offered community care referrals required by Veterans Health Administration policy. 

Rep. Roy and Rep. Gooden wrote: “Veterans, especially those seeking mental health care, should be able to receive quality care as quickly as possible, whether it is at a VA facility or in the community. Delays can have catastrophic impacts on veterans’ mental and physical health.” 

Russ Duerstine, Executive Director, Concerned Veterans for America, commented: “Every veteran in Texas deserves access to all health care options available to them under law, whether inside or outside of the VA. 

Veterans should never have to wait months for the care they need. The recent OIG report suggests VA is not honoring their duty to ensure veterans receive timely and quality care. 

It is past time for VA officials to follow and implement the regulations set by the MISSION Act. CVA supports Representative Roy’s accountability efforts and request for a comprehensive update on VA’s effort to implement the OIG’s recommendations as soon as possible.”  

Letter co-signers include: Rep. Ronny L. Jackson, Rep. Pete Sessions, Rep. August Pflugar, Rep. Pat Fallon, Rep. Roger Williams, Rep. Jodey C. Arrington, Rep. Morgan Luttrell, Rep. Michael Burgess, and Rep. Dan Crenshaw.  

Full text of the letter is available here


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