On Tuesday, June 3, Congressmen Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, met with leaders of the Iowa City Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care System, including the acting director.
During the meeting, Loebsack was briefed on the process the Iowa City VA uses for scheduling appointments, the average wait time for new patients and the general quality of care that the veterans receive. He also gathered information about how he can ensure veterans receive the timely, quality care they deserve.
“I appreciate Acting Director Horsman and her staff for briefing me on the Iowa City VA’s efforts to reduce wait times, expand mental health care, and their efforts to hire more medical specialists to help meet veteran demand and reduce wait times. While I have been extremely concerned about the reports of alleged preventable deaths and reported cover ups at VA health clinics nationwide, I know that Iowa VA employees are doing an excellent job taking care of our veterans. As a military parent, I am incredibly upset that this could have ever happened to the men and women who honorably served our nation. We owe it to our nation’s veterans to provide the VA with the resources necessary to hire additional doctors and nurses so they can continue the great work they do in our community,” said Congressman Loebsack.