Protecting Our Veterans

Senator Saxby Chambliss
2013-06-12 11:47:05
United States Senator For Georgia Saxby Chambliss Dear Friends, In April, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General released two reports resulting from an audit of the Atlanta VA Medical Center (VAMC) that revealed serious deficiencies at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. This report is very troublesome due to the number of veterans experiencing mental health conditions, the number of veteran suicides, and the lack of access to mental health services at VA medical centers.� I am deeply concerned veterans are not receiving quality mental health services, not only in Georgia facilities but also around the United States.� Our veterans have bravely served our country, and they deserve much better care. In response to this issue, Senator Isakson and I sent two letters to Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki demanding answers regarding these reports.� As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, this issue is very important to me, and we need to ensure that our veterans are receiving the proper treatment and mental health care they deserve. With estimates that 22 veterans commit suicide each day, it is vital that we address problems at all of the VA�s mental health facilities and their partners.� It is our obligation is to conduct vigorous oversight and correct this problem within the VA. As we continue to monitor the progress at the Atlanta VAMC, we will press for the same quality assurance throughout the Veterans Health Administration. I am hopeful that this will provide the incentives necessary for the VA to address the problems in providing mental health care to veterans and prevent these issues from arising in the future. I urge the Veterans� Affairs Committee to honor Senator Isakson�s request [link 1] on holding a field hearing in Atlanta regarding this issue this August. To read the full text of our letters click here [link 2]. Very Truly Yours, [image = chambliss.enews.senate.gov/images/user_images/CSC-sig.jpg] Should you need assistance with a federal agency, you may contact my office toll free at 800-234-4208, or send an e-mail by clicking the icon at the top of this page that says �e-mail me.� You can also send a letter to one of my office addresses listed at the very bottom of this newsletter. Chambliss in the News: Chambliss Statement on the 2013 Farm Bill [link 3] Feinstein, Chambliss Statement on the NSA Phone Records Program [link 4] Chambliss Meets with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu [link 5]
June 12, 2013

Dear Friends,

In April, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General released two reports resulting from an audit of the Atlanta VA Medical Center (VAMC) that revealed serious deficiencies at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. This report is very troublesome due to the number of veterans experiencing mental health conditions, the number of veteran suicides, and the lack of access to mental health services at VA medical centers.  I am deeply concerned veterans are not receiving quality mental health services, not only in Georgia facilities but also around the United States.  Our veterans have bravely served our country, and they deserve much better care.

In response to this issue, Senator Isakson and I sent two letters to Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki demanding answers regarding these reports.  As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, this issue is very important to me, and we need to ensure that our veterans are receiving the proper treatment and mental health care they deserve. With estimates that 22 veterans commit suicide each day, it is vital that we address problems at all of the VA�s mental health facilities and their partners.  It is our obligation is to conduct vigorous oversight and correct this problem within the VA.

As we continue to monitor the progress at the Atlanta VAMC, we will press for the same quality assurance throughout the Veterans Health Administration. I am hopeful that this will provide the incentives necessary for the VA to address the problems in providing mental health care to veterans and prevent these issues from arising in the future.

I urge the Veterans� Affairs Committee to honor on holding a field hearing in Atlanta regarding this issue this August.

To read the full text of our letters click Very Truly Yours,

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