WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) is dispatching top members of her staff to Alabama to field information related to ongoing problems with the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS).
Chief of Staff Stephen Boyd and Military Legislative Counsel Mac Tolar will work out of Rep. Roby’s Montgomery, Ala. office for several days next week taking meetings with those wishing to convey specific information regarding the situation at CAVHCS.
Rep. Roby learned this week that employees responsible for falsifying waiting list records were not terminated, despite original assurances that such action was taken. Given the inconsistencies and influx of public comments on the subject, Rep. Roby decided to dispatch top advisers to gather information that will better inform her perspective.
“The more that has been publicly revealed about the VA, the more my office hears from individuals who want to share information regarding the situation in Montgomery. My District Director and our Alabama-based staff have seen an exceedingly high influx of comments and concerns. I am sending my Chief of Staff and my Military Legislative Counsel to Montgomery to provide a specific opportunity for face to face meetings with those who believe they have important information or documents about the VA. The purpose is to improve our understanding of what is happening so that I can conduct responsible oversight and take the necessary legislative steps to correct this problem.”
In the video above, Rep. Martha Roby of Alabama discusses the VA scandal on a local and national level.
Rep. Roby is deeply involved in efforts to bring accountability and reform to the VA on behalf of Alabama veterans. Tuesday, it was revealed that an Alabama Veterans Affairs director did not actually terminate employees for falsifying wait list records, despite leading Rep. Roby to believe that last week.
Rep. Roby has long advocated for utilizing community hospitals, doctors and clinics to alleviate the VA backlog and get veterans the care they need right away. Specifically, she has championed the Patient Centered Community Care program as a way to streamline veterans access to local, private sector care.