I had a great weekend traveling the district and attending various Memorial Day parades and ceremonies to honor our fallen heroes. At each of these events, I talked to veterans about the incompetence and deplorable conditions that led to the death of at least 40 veterans in Phoenix, Arizona and suggest a systemic problem nationwide. Like all of you, I am outraged at these reports.
Make no mistake, there are many good and dedicated people at the VA and in medical facilities around this country who work hard to provide veterans the service they deserve. The problem is the bureaucracy has gotten so massive and out of control that resources are wasted and the quality of care delivered to the veterans has decreased. We spend more today on the VA than at any point before, but too much of this money is spent on the bureaucracy in Washington and not enough at our hospitals and most importantly on veterans themselves.