Thousand Oaks, CA – Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General (VAOIG) released the final report regarding the manipulation of wait times at the Phoenix VA Healthcare System and other locations. In response, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D – Westlake Village) has released the following statement:
“I am grateful for the Inspector General’s diligent work to get to the bottom of the mismanagement and wrongdoing in Phoenix and other locations around the county. While the conference agreement passed by Congress deals with some of the immediate problems at the VA, it is abundantly clear that we have more work to do. Changing the culture of an organization is difficult, but I am hopeful that our committee will continue to tackle these challenges in a bi-partisan manner. In Ventura County I have continued to work in partnership with local stakeholders and with the Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System and the Oxnard CBOC to expand services for our veterans, increase the number of providers at the Oxnard clinic, and address the need for additional space.”
“Before and after the scandal at the Phoenix VA broke out, Congresswoman Brownley has been a tireless advocate for Ventura County veterans. She has continuously worked with local stakeholders to grab the attention of the VA and demand changes. While there is still much work to be done, the progress that’s been made has been significant and is a testament to the Congresswoman’s dedication to our local veterans and their families,” said Kim Evans, Director of the Ventura County Military Collaborative.