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Our veterans deserve better

Last fall, my offices received over 200 messages from employees with the VA Roseburg Healthcare System (VARHS) expressing their concerns about the substandard care our veterans have been receiving. And just as troubling, they described management's regular retaliation against employees who had the courage to say "this isn't right."

It was clear to me that our veterans weren't receiving the care that they earned and deserve, so I demanded that the VA initiate an investigation. As a result, the VA sent a team of inspectors to get to the bottom of what was happening.

After their in-depth investigation, we finally saw meaningful action at VARHS with the resignation of several members of leadership – including the Director.

The repeated leadership failures consistently let down our veterans and those who care for them. At last, we can begin the process of righting the wrongs, improving the culture, and making VARHS a facility worthy of our veterans.

You can guarantee that I'll be closely monitoring the care that veterans receive at VARHS to ensure that recent changes result in long-term and lasting reform. I will always defend, protect, and fight for our veterans just as they did for our country.


Posted on May 23, 2018.

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