Two Months, Two Letters to VA: Still No Response to Sen. Blumenthal's Request

Sen. Richard Blumenthal wrote two letters asking for an explanation for the VA's questionable scheduling practices.

Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal (Credit: Wikipedia)
Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal (Credit: Wikipedia)
Amid the continuing national clamor surrounding long wait times and false records at Veteran Affairs, Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal is trying to get answers from Washington D.C.

Blumenthal wrote two letters to Sloan Gibson, acting secretary for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs — one was dated June 2 and the other July 1.

As of Friday, July 11, Blumenthal's office had not received a response.

In the first letter, Blumenthal asked for an explanation for the excessive appointment delays. He requested individual VA facility audits to get "a clear understanding of the scope of the problems at those facilities," in the second letter.

There are two Connecticut VA facilities and six Community Based Outpatient Clinics. Wait times reportedly tripled between May 15 and June 15, increasing from 998 to 2,727 people with appointments scheduled with more than a 30 day wait time.

Nationally, this number increased from 242,069 to 636,436.

“I would appreciate an explanation of this across-the-board, unacceptable rise," Blumenthal wrote in the June letter. "Simply put, the VA seems to be going in exactly the wrong direction in seeking to address dangerous and deadly health care delays.”

Kevin July 14, 2014 at 05:49 AM
Come on Rocco,he's a Vietnam vet!!!
Blue state Blues July 14, 2014 at 06:41 AM
I would trade Bloomie the liberal, lizard looking liar for Ted Cruz in a second.
Kendall Svengalis July 14, 2014 at 11:24 AM
Leave it to the microphone loving Bloomin' Idiot to capitalize on a scandal his own administration did so much to exacerbate, Perhaps if Bloomie spent less time on the fraud of global warming and more time on important issues, he might have a scintilla of credibility. But don't count on it. This man is 100% far-left ideology and self serving politician.
gail drake July 14, 2014 at 12:56 PM
Well said
Fred July 14, 2014 at 06:43 PM
Lets see if Bloomie has courage to do real reform. Will he propose to do away with the VA facilities and in place issue a Vet card witch would allow the vets to go to their PCP to get whatever help they need? After all don't isn't the intent of the ObamaCare in providing everyone with a healthcare system? How can we have national healthcare without change and elimination of fractured segments? Why does a Vet have to have a PCP and then have to go get other services from the VA? All those Federal employees can get absorbed in the unfettered healthcare provider expansions that are going on.


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