Congressman Andy Biggs Requests Answers from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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.
“Though the VA has made a good-faith effort to maintain dialogue with our office and work through these issues, our veterans are still waiting for the efficient and complete care they were promised. The VA’s culture of inefficiency and broken trust has only seen minimal progress, and our veterans continue to pay a terrible and unnecessary price as a result.
“I will continue to work with the VA to address the three issues, among others, that I outlined in my letter to Secretary Shulkin. However, my patience has run its course as I have seen the prolonged consequences to our veterans from the lack of basic and common sense service. I promised my constituents that I would fight for them in Congress, and I intend to do just that for our veterans until the VA’s culture is fully reformed.”
Congressman Andy Biggs is a first-term Representative from Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District, representing parts of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Sun Lakes, and Queen Creek. Congressman Biggs is a member of the House Judiciary and Science, Space, and Technology committees, and is the chairman of the Environment Subcommittee. He lives with his wife Cindy in Gilbert.