As a physician, I find it unacceptable to see brave military veterans going without needed care within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In south Louisiana, veterans stand for hours in overcrowded waiting rooms, while others face privacy issues within a temporary mobile clinic. Meanwhile, the VA forces thousands of Louisiana veterans to travel more than three hours for basic tests and procedures that should be delivered locally.
According to the VA, Congress’ failure to authorize leases for these VA clinics jeopardizes access for more than 340,000 veterans throughout our nation. These brave individuals must not suffer because politicians disagree on unrelated issues.
Boustany, a cardiovascular surgeon, has represented Louisiana's 3rd Congressional District since 2005. He sits on the Ways and Means Committee.