Working Toward a VA Hotline (and Not Just Another Committee)
Senator and lieutenant governor candidate Leticia Van de Putte hoping to give veterans caught up in VA scandal a hotline and not another committee.
Photo by Texas Military Forces
Just what veterans in Texas caught up in the records falsification scandal have been waiting for: a hotline.
Senator Leticia Van de Putte, chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Military Installations Committee, this week proposed a recommendation to create a special hotline to help veterans dealing with long wait times.
As you know, some thousands of veterans have been denied healthcare because of records falsification and long wait lists at VA facilities across the country.
"While our reality is that the VA is a federally run and funded agency that serves Texas residents, that does not mean that Texas cannot ensure our veterans are taken care of in the honorable way they deserve and have earned," Van de Putte said in a statement released on Thursday. "Ultimately, Washington needs to fix the VA's problems, but in the meantime, Texas will focus on the immediate crisis: Getting medical care to our heroes."
We'll have to see if this hotline becomes reality, and better yet, if it serves its purpose and gets people the care they need.
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