WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart made a statement Friday on Veterans Administration healthcare and former Secretary Eric Shinseki:
“The focus needs to shift from the Washington blame game back to our veterans. Right now, we have a national disgrace and it is much bigger than one person.
“As the son of a disabled veteran and the brother of a Vietnam combat disabled veteran, I take this personally. And as a 35-year veteran myself, I know these problems at the VA have gone on for decades, and they’re not Democratic problems or Republican problems. All Americans agree that veterans should have the care they’ve earned, and the respect they deserve. Right now they’re not getting either. These systemic problems go far beyond one person, and frankly some heads need to roll to get this fixed.
“The VA can’t reward wrongdoing any longer and Congress can’t let one resignation distract us from the wide-ranging overhaul that must happen at the Veterans Administration. I've worked with the best soldiers in Illinois and I know we all have a duty to work tirelessly to ensure our vets are properly taken cared for. My focus is on those long-term solutions so that veterans always get the care they have earned.”
“That’s why I’ve been in contact with the Marion VA facility since this issue was discovered. And next week, I’m headed there again to meet with doctors and staff, but most importantly, to speak one on one with veterans receiving care, without administration in the room.”
Enyart is the representative from the 12th Congressional District of Illinois. Before his election to Congress in 2012, Enyart served as a Major General and the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard, capping off a 35-year military career. Enyart serves on the House Armed Services Committee.