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Warner, Kaine seek information on regional VA facilities

congressToday, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine sent a letter to Fernando O. Rivera, Network Director of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Capitol Health Care Network, and Daniel F. Hoffman, Network Director of the VA Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network, expressing concern over the results of the VA Access Audit report released this week.

The audit identified problems within the VA’s scheduling system and lengthy wait times for veterans at numerous VA Medical Centers (VAMCs), including facilities in Hampton and Richmond.  To better understand the current situation facing Virginia veterans, Warner and Kaine requested further information on all VAMCs in Virginia as well as those in bordering states that often serve veterans from the Commonwealth.

“We understand that data collected in the Access Audit may not reflect the current backlog at VAMC facilities, and we ask you provide the most current wait list information,” Warner and Kaine wrote.  “Additionally, as you continue to implement measures to address capacity, we would also request an update on the specific processes that each facility is taking to ensure that the backlog is being addressed.”

Warner and Kaine requested that the VA provide information on the current backlog at each facility, staff training needs, outreach to Virginia veterans currently awaiting care, and the role of private providers in veterans care. Additionally, the Senators offered to assist the regional VA networks to ensure that veterans receive the care that they have earned.

For assistance with casework involving the VA or other veterans issues, please visit Senator Kaine’s website or call his Richmond office at 804-771-2221. Constituents also may contact Senator Warner through his website or by calling 804-775-2314.

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