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Walker Acts to Change the Outdated Culture in the VA

July 29, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC –U.S. Representative Mark Walker (NC-06) today supported House passage of the VA Accountability Act (H.R. 1994) which helps change the negligent and deceptive culture within the VA. The bill makes it easier for the VA Secretary to fire insubordinate employees and enhances whistleblower protections.

“We have an obligation – a moral duty – to take care of the brave men and women who have served and fought so bravely on our behalf. It’s been well over a year since the embarrassingly substandard treatment our veterans were receiving came to light, but the sad truth is the culture within the VA is still broken,” said Rep. Walker.  “I am proud to support this measure to make it easier for the VA to change its fragmented practices. Serving our veterans will remain a top priority, and I will continue to fight to modernize the VA and force the VA to confront the fundamental flaws and outdated bureaucracy that are deep within the department. I call on our President to follow suit, hold his administration accountable and stop protecting policies that are failing to meet our veterans’ needs. We need to uphold our commitment to them— we owe them the best.”

Veterans wait-listed for a month or longer has increased by 50 percent since the scandal broke and only two, low-level employees have been fired. It has been over 18 months since a dedicated Inspector General was in place at the VA, and the President has offered no guidance to the American people, or our veterans, as to when we will see corrective action.  

Rep. Walker has actively sought solutions to uphold our commitment to America’s service men and women and ensure they receive the first-class service and care they deserve. Next week, Rep. Walker will host the first in a series of veterans’ roundtables to meet directly with veterans in the Sixth District and understand exactly what problems they have faced in dealing with the VA. He is a proud co-sponsor of the Reducing Barriers for Veterans Education Act of 2015 and the Military Spouse Job Continuity Act of 2015.