We are blessed in Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District to have many veterans among us. These individuals and their families and friends have made countless sacrifices in defense of our freedom. Each one has a story of their service to share, many that include challenging physical, mental, and emotional outcomes that cannot be imagined by those of us who have not served. They fought so that we could live in the land of freedom and opportunity, and we will forever be in their debt.
Despite the many promises we have made to our veterans in return for their service, many still struggle to access care and benefits due to a disappointingly inefficient Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). As reported over the past few years, the VA has fallen woefully short of expectations and simple measures of human decency towards America’s best. Many VA bureaucrats have put profits and expediency over the health and safety of our nation’s heroes, and some of our veterans have endured great hardships or even perished due to their actions. These offenses are inexcusable and never should have been allowed.
The VA has taken steps to reform its policies and procedures, but there is still a lot of work to do. Since the start of the 115th Congress, the House of Representatives has considered several bills to reform the VA, restore accountability to its ranks, and ensure that our veterans are treated with the greatest sense of decency and professionalism for all of their needs. I will continue to advocate for legislation like this until every veteran receives the care that they deserve.
I consider assisting veterans in the Fifth District to be one of the most important responsibilities of my office. If you are a veteran or military family and need assistance obtaining these benefits, please call my office with any questions. My staff and I would be more than happy to assist you.
More on Veterans
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Andy Biggs led a bipartisan group of Members of Congress in introducing the TEAM Veteran Caregivers Act.
PHOENIX — A push in Washington, D.C. could make hyperbaric oxygen treatment available to veterans with traumatic brain injuries and post traumatic stress disorder.
The veterans would sit in pure oxygen chambers for hours.
“They become less stressed out, less aggressive, they can sleep better, and their IQ improves,” said Saad Allawi, director of strategy and operations for Healing Arizona Veterans.
WASHINGTON — Two lawmakers introduced legislation in the House and Senate on Wednesday that would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury – an unproven treatment that some veterans have praised as a useful tool in their recovery.
GILBERT, ARIZONA – Yesterday, Congressman Biggs toured the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix with Director RimaAnn Nelson. He released the following statement:
Arizona’s U.S. House delegation has come together behind bipartisan legislation designed to improve the Phoenix VA hospital, one of the lowest-ranking facilities in the VA system.
Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., introduced the Phoenix VA Congressional Oversight Act in October, but the last Congress ran out of time to take action. He reintroduced the bill this January, saying even Arizona Democrats — such as Rep. Ruben Gallego, a former Marine — have been on board from the start.
Serving in the Armed Forces requires sacrifices large and small – time away from family and friends, physical and emotional well-being, and for some, the ultimate sacrifice. In exchange, our nation is committed to providing our veterans and their families care and treatment in recognition of those sacrifices.
We promise our veterans health care and additional services through the Veterans Administration. Many who work at the VA do an excellent job and are committed to providing quality care.
GILBERT, ARIZONA – Last week, Congressman Andy Biggs sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, requesting answers to questions about veterans benefits.
Read the full text of the letter below:
November 3, 2017
The Honorable David J. Shulkin
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20420
Dear Secretary Shulkin,
Gilbert, Arizona – Today, Congressman Andy Biggs released the following statement on the state of the Phoenix Veterans Health Care System:
“Last week, I sent a letter to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin to outline three of my primary concerns with the Phoenix and Gilbert VA. This letter followed seven weeks of internal discussions with the VA as my office attempted to work out these serious issues on behalf of my constituents.
Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed landmark legislation to hold Veterans Administration employees accountable for performance or misconduct and to enhance protections for whistleblowers. S. 1094 was passed by the U.S. Senate last week, and approved by the House today. Congressman Biggs released the following statement: