From: Senator Orrin Hatch
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Hatch Dispatch: Protecting our Veterans
Date: Fri May 16 20:42:42 MDT 2014
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Dear Friend: 

Throughout our nation’s history our liberty and freedoms have been protected and cherished by our veterans.  The sacrifices veterans have made in defense of our nation are of utmost importance and we should do everything in our power to make sure that those sacrifices are protected. 

That is why I have been so concerned with recent accounts of mismanagement and inappropriate practices within the Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care System.  With media reports that such practices may have led to patient deaths at VA facilities in Phoenix, Arizona, I wrote to Eric Shinseki, Secretary of the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs this week to seek answers.  In the letter I asked a series of direct questions about policies and procedures at the George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salt Lake City, and ten Community Clinics throughout Utah, Idaho, and Nevada that make up the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System.

Specifically I stated that, “In the pursuit of full transparency and proper accounting, I would like an update regarding the VA’s current practices and procedures.  I want to ensure that veterans in the state of Utah and throughout our country can trust the VA system with timely and appropriate care.”

If you would like to read this letter in full, it can be viewed here.

The health and welfare of our veterans is of utmost importance to me and I will continue to monitor this situation so that Utah’s veterans will receive the best care possible.


Orrin Hatch

 P. S. Below is a round-up of additional press statements from this week you might be interested in reading.  

Hatch Slams Senate Democrats’ Push to Stifle Free Speech

Hatch and Barrasso Introduce State Exchange Accountability Act

Hatch Honors Law Enforcement During National Police Week, Recognizes Utah Officers Who Gave Their Lives in the Line of Duty


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