Van de Putte proposal on VA scandal moves forward
PASADENA — Today, in light of the records falsification scandal at VA clinics in Texas and around the nation, the Texas Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations (VAMI) supported Committee Chair Leticia Van de Putte's (District 26, Bexar County) recommendation to create a Veterans Hotline to help Texas veterans deal with long wait times and VA bureaucracy. Afterward, Senator Van de Putte issued the following statement:
"While our reality is that the VA is a federally run and funded agency that serves Texas residents, that does not mean that Texas cannot ensure our veterans are taken care of in the honorable way they deserve and have earned. Ultimately, Washington needs to fix the VA's problems, but in the meantime, Texas will focus on the immediate crisis: Getting medical care to our heroes.
"Serving Texas veterans and their families has been a great privilege during my 23 years in the Legislature. Texas is the number one state for active duty military, veterans, and their families, and I'm working with other state leaders to keep it that way."