09.30.20

Senator David Perdue Urges Improvements To Systemic Problems At Atlanta VA

Requests Action To Improve Care For All Veterans

ATLANTA, GA – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is taking action to ensure Georgia’s veterans receive the care they deserve. Recently, the Senator wrote to Atlanta VA Director Ann Brown to communicate several concerns raised by constituents and request plans to improve care for veterans.

“As Americans, we have a responsibility to uphold the commitments we made to our veterans, and it is a job that I take very seriously,” wrote Senator Perdue. “Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, I have been made aware of several long-standing issues within the Atlanta VA Healthcare System that have been exacerbated due to the public health crisis. I am writing today to both make you aware of the concerns of my constituents and to seek continued partnership with you in solving these issues.”

Senator Perdue’s letter specifically addresses the following issues:

  • Current Operating Status: “I am concerned about the impact of the current AVAHCS operating status on veterans in the community. This delay of care, coupled with the partial shutdown that took place last year, has the potential to devastate veteran health outcomes for years to come. Any plans to resume operations should also include a concerted effort to minimize wait times and ensure that veterans are not falling through the cracks.”
  • Community Living Centers: “Those men and women who fought bravely to protect our country deserve to live and be cared for in a safe environment, especially in their final years. I request that you provide my office with your plan to improve conditions for elderly veterans that receive care at the Atlanta VA CLC and return residents to the facility.”
  • Care For Female Veterans: “I am deeply concerned about access to health care for female veterans. Several female veterans in our state have reported difficulty scheduling mammogram appointments at the Atlanta VA Medical Center, and shared that they have difficulty receiving compassionate care for military sexual trauma within the Atlanta VA. I urge you to keep these brave women in mind as you lead the AVAHCS through this pandemic and beyond.”

Read the full letter here

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