WASHINGTON, DC—Today Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), National Legislative Director Carl Blake testified at the hearing on the state of VA health care.
In oral testimony given before the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Blake stated the following:
“PVA is deeply disappointed in the number of reports from around the country that suggest that veterans’ health care is being compromised. There are undoubtedly serious access problems in the VA. However, we believe that a thorough analysis to understand the depth of the situation across the system should be completed before any decisions about leadership are made. At this time, PVA fully stands behind Secretary Shinseki and we believe he is committed to correcting these problems.”
Blake urged “If the Committee really wants to get a gauge of the quality of health care being delivered, spend a day walking around inside a local VA hospital talking to veterans and discussing their healthcare experiences.”
“Political interests do not come before the needs of the men and women who have served and sacrificed for this country. We call on this Committee, Congress as a whole, and the Administration to redouble your efforts to ensure that veterans get the absolute best health care provided when they need it, not when it is convenient. PVA’s members and all veterans will not stand for anything less.”
He concluded his testimony stating that: “VA health care services by and large are excellent. And sending veterans outside of the VA to get private care is not the solution to this problem, particularly for veterans who rely on the VA’s specialized services.”
About Paralyzed Veterans of America:
Paralyzed Veterans of America was founded by a group of seriously injured American heroes from the “Greatest Generation” of World War II. They created a nonprofit organization to meet the challenges that they faced back in the 1940s — from a medical community not ready to treat them to an inaccessible world. For more than 68 years, Paralyzed Veterans’ national office and its 34 chapters across the nation have been making America a better place for all veterans and people with disabilities. (www.pva.org)