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Coats Says VA Must Make Sweeping Changes

May 12, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) Monday issued the following statement regarding ongoing allegations of abuse and neglect by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), including reports that up to 40 patients in Phoenix may have died because of delays in care:

“As a veteran, I firmly believe our country has a duty to honor and support those who have sacrificed to protect and defend our country. Some issues must rise above politics and the care of our veterans tops the list.

“The reports out of Phoenix and other VA facilities are shocking, outrageous and completely unacceptable. Once all the facts are gathered, sweeping changes must be made at this agency. Right now, the credibility of the entire VA health and benefits system is on the line. Along with addressing allegations of abuse, the excessive delays at VA facilities, including those faced by many Hoosiers, must be eliminated.

“While resignations from top leadership may be necessary, the real problem facing the VA is a culture of mismanagement and indifference to the needs of veterans. The VA must refocus and reorganize to ensure that America’s veterans are receiving the care and support they deserve.”