Greg Walden speaks on legislation to bring accountability and transparency to VA

Greg Walden speaks on legislation to bring accountability and transparency to VA

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Saturday morning in Medford, Oregon, I met
with about 40 veterans who are furious about the delays in getting access to care, the
fact that they can’t maintain providers at the local facility – and by the way, that’s
not unique just there, I don’t know about you, but I’m hearing all across my district,
all across Oregon, that these clinics and the hospitals are having trouble recruiting
people, keeping people, morale is already bad, and part of it is because there’s this
lack of discipline. And I agree, Mr. Collins, that if you’re a
surgeon and you showed up drunk for the surgery, we’re going to give you 30 days to dry out
and explain yourself – are you kidding me? If you were a pilot and showed up drunk on
the flight, I can tell you what happens, right? You’re done. And so this is part of the problem. The people I represent, the veterans, as you
say the men and women who fought for our freedom as you’ve done, they want action, not delay. They want access to care in a timely manner. And everything in this bill, interestingly
enough, came up in our discussion from them. How come you’re paying bonuses to people that
aren’t doing their job? Why do they get bonuses at all? Isn’t that what we pay them to do? This bill fixes that. Why is it when we raise complaints internally,
there’s retribution? This bill protects whistleblowers. Why isn’t there more transparency about happens
inside the VA? This bill gets at that. Accountability, transparency, will lead us
to a better VA, and the dedicated men and women who work in those facilities will feel
better about their organization if they know the people who are letting down the veterans
that are around them are some how held accountable. That’s true in any organization. I was a small business owner for 21 years
with my wife. This wasn’t a “you show up drunk on the job
and we’ll talk about it in a month”. That’s not how this works, and nobody expects
that kind of thing. Look, we need to reform the VA. We need to take care of our men and women
in uniform. We need to claw back the bonuses. We need to get this ship righted. We’ve helped 5,000 veterans out of my office
over the last number of years. Ask yourself this: Why do we all have to have
staff in our district offices to help veterans work their way through the bureaucracy to
get the help that they have earned and deserve? We all do because we care and want to
help, but somewhere you have to back up and go “why do we all have to hire people to help
these veterans get to that point?” That shouldn’t be necessary. They ought to be embraced by the agency. They ought to be cared for immediately. And it should be a complete last resort that
they have to actually track down their member of Congress to say “can you help bust through
the bureaucracy because my loved one doesn’t get access to care, or I can’t get access
to care.” This is fundamentally a broken system that
needs repair. I think we all agree on that. That’s not a partisan issue. None of this should be. We should protect whistleblower rights, this
bill does that. We should recoup the bonuses when they were
given to undeserving employees. And we should increase transparency. But most of all, we should start with what
matters, and that is the veteran and build everything out from there. That, ladies and gentlemen, should be our
foremost commitment and our starting place. What’s best for that veteran and that veteran’s
family.

3 thoughts on “Greg Walden speaks on legislation to bring accountability and transparency to VA

  • AmerRicianAmbassador Post author

    REP. Walden Thank You for bringing this to the Attention of Congress. As a Retired Military Veteran living in a Rural Central Oregon Community for some time now; I was Guaranteed 100% Medical & Dental for my Services of 20 Years under Contract – I have neither (Breach of Contract). The Obama Affordable Health Care Act is a complete farce for Veterans ( Insurance Ripoff/Fraud). I agree with Donald Trump that Obama Care should be Repealed and that every Veteran should be seen by Medical & Dental Professionals at the local facility and send the Bill to the VA. .

  • Roger Howard Post author

    Dear Senator Greg Walden,
    You are a Very good representative of the State of Oregon and I respect you. I have supported you since the 70's. I follow your voting record.
    There is one that needs an adjustment back, and that is the bill you drew up to take Oxycodone from EVERYONE. I am a disabled Veteran and worked with General Motors Assembly plants at South Gate & Van Nuys; I worked in my business of major appliance repair for 14 years and at Sears as a major appliance repairman. I was permanently disabled, from a back injury in 2002. Long story short, I almost broke my back working daily with major appliances. The surgeons wanted to put a morphine pump in my back Because they couldn't fix the damage in my back. I said "NO" to the morphine pump, and tried all the pain killers. The only one that reduced my pain was Oxycodone. I learned yesterday that the Doctors have to cut "EVERYONE" back to just (2) 30mg tablets in a 24 hour period. I am in extreme pain "ALL THE TIME NOW." The government has the "BALL" over the doctor's, and will loose their jobs if they don't comply. People since they have been cut back to nothing are going to a drug 50X'S stronger FENTANYL and pure Heroine, and dying in the thousands. YOU SIR HAVE CUT BACK TOO FAR — AND THIS IS WRONG. I need Oxycodone to reduce the daily HELL I live in. I agree the people who are abusing Oxycodone should be weened off it. It's the only thing I have to reduce my hellish pain. Now I know why the Veterans were committing suicide in droves. I need 31/2, 30mg pills a day to lower my pain. Your bill has cut back "TOO FAR!" Please increase some cor the permanently disabled.

  • Roger Howard Post author

    Dear Senator Greg Walden,
    You are a Very good representative of the State of Oregon and I respect you. I have supported you since the 70's. I follow your voting record.
    There is one that needs an adjustment back, and that is the bill you drew up to take Oxycodone from EVERYONE. I am a disabled Veteran and worked with General Motors Assembly plants at South Gate & Van Nuys; I worked in my business of major appliance repair for 14 years and at Sears as a major appliance repairman. I was permanently disabled, from a back injury in 2002. Long story short, I almost broke my back working daily with major appliances. The surgeons wanted to put a morphine pump in my back Because they couldn't fix the damage in my back. I said "NO" to the morphine pump, and tried all the pain killers. The only one that reduced my pain was Oxycodone. I learned yesterday that the Doctors have to cut "EVERYONE" back to just (2) 30mg tablets in a 24 hour period. I am in extreme pain "ALL THE TIME NOW." The government has the "BALL" over the doctor's, and will loose their jobs if they don't comply. People since they have been cut back to nothing are going to a drug 50X'S stronger FENTANYL and pure Heroine, and dying in the thousands. YOU SIR HAVE CUT BACK TOO FAR — AND THIS IS WRONG. I need Oxycodone to reduce the daily HELL I live in. I agree the people who are abusing Oxycodone should be weened off it. It's the only thing I have to reduce my hellish pain. Now I know why the Veterans were committing suicide in droves. I need 31/2, 30mg pills a day to lower my pain. Your bill has cut back "TOO FAR!" Please increase some cor the permanently disabled.

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