Our nation’s veterans are heroes and deserve our utmost care and support. One of the most humbling things I do as a United States Senator is meet with veterans and remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
I have been deeply dismayed with the recent reports of widespread misconduct and malfeasance in our veteran’s health care system that has led to the deaths of veterans waiting for medical care. The findings presented are reprehensible and unacceptable.
The health and welfare of our veterans is of utmost importance to me.
I had the opportunity of vising the Salt Lake VA hospital just yesterday and met with some of the incredible men and women who served our country, and also with the selfless individuals treating those who sacrificed so much for our country.
(Visiting with a Utah Veteran and His Family)
We have 50,000 unique patients dependent each year locally on the VA health care system. I want to make sure that none of this mistreatment of our veterans is going on with our Utah citizens.
I will continue to monitor this situation both locally and nationally to ensure that the veteran’s health care system is the best it can be for those who have sacrificed so greatly for the freedoms we all enjoy.
With the resignation of General Eric Shinseki today I am hopeful that the Veterans Administration will make the changes necessary to ensure our veterans receive the care they greatly deserve.
I want to thank General Shinseki for his many years of heroic service to our country. I personally greatly admire him. I am hopeful that the decision made today is the best to ensure that this agency has strong leadership in Washington; and that President Obama will work with Congress to ensure that this mess gets cleaned up and our veterans receive the care they need.
I have a sincere deep gratitude for the men and women who don our nation’s uniform. Their service and ultimate sacrifices can never be forgotten, nor taken for granted. I will continue to work to ensure that our VA Health Care System works for those who have paid the price for its help.