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  • Bipartisan Veterans Suicide Prevention Act Passes House
    Posted in Press Releases on December 9, 2014 | Preview rr

    Today, the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (Clay Hunt SAV) Act passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill was introduced by Chairman Jeff Miller and Reps. Tim Walz (D-MN) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and named in honor of the late Iraq and Afghanistan veteran and veterans advocate Clay Hunt. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration. Following House passage of the bill, Chairman Miller and Reps. Walz and Duckworth released the following statements: “Despite... Read more

  • Miller Statement on Firing of VA Scandal’s Central Figure
    Posted in Press Releases on November 24, 2014 | Preview rr

    Chairman Jeff Miller released the below statement following VA’s announcement that Phoenix VA Health Care System Director Sharon Helman has been fired. “VA will never regain the trust of America’s veterans and American taxpayers until all of the corrupt senior executives who created the biggest scandal in the department’s history are held accountable to the maximum extent under the law. Sharon Helman's removal is a positive step, but there are still many more VA scandal figures who also must be... Read more

  • Miller Statement on Firing of VA Pittsburgh Director Two Years After Deadly Disease Outbreak
    Posted in Press Releases on November 13, 2014 | Preview rr

    Chairman Jeff Miller released the below statement following VA’s announcement that VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Director Terry Gerigk Wolf has been fired. “Given that Wolf’s firing comes two years after the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Legionnaires’ disease outbreak ended, it’s obvious VA had no interest in holding her accountable initially and was only driven to this point after intense congressional and media scrutiny. Still, this action falls fall short of what’s needed to provide clos... Read more

  • Chairman Miller Statement on VA's Restructuring Announcement
    Posted in Press Releases on November 10, 2014 | Preview rr

    Chairman Jeff Miller released the following statement today after the Department of Veterans Affairs announced its plan for organizational restructuring: “New plans, initiatives and organizational structures are all well and good, but they will not produce their intended results until VA rids itself of the employees who have shaken veterans’ trust in the system. So far VA hasn’t done that – as evidenced by the fact that the majority of those who caused the VA scandal are still on the department... Read more

  • Chairman Miller Statement Honoring Veterans Day
    Posted in Press Releases on November 10, 2014 | Preview rr

    Chairman Jeff Miller released the following statement today in honor of Veterans Day 2014: “The America we know – the greatest nation in the world – didn’t come without great sacrifice. The long difficult road to where we are today was paved by our men and women in uniform. Their courage and selflessness are a source of pride for all Americans. And while Veterans Day is a special time to honor the many accomplishments of these heroes, it is by no means the only day our veterans deserve recogniti... Read more

  • Chairman Miller Statement Honoring the Life of Former HVAC Ranking Member Lane Evans
    Posted in Press Releases on November 6, 2014 | Preview rr

    Chairman Jeff Miller released the following statement today regarding former House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Ranking Member Lane Evans. “I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former Congressman and House Committee on Veterans Affairs’ Ranking Member Lane Evans. A Marine Corps veteran himself, Evans was a great friend to and a strong advocate for veterans and their causes throughout his entire congressional career. The earliest parts of my time on the committee were during Congre... Read more

  • Chairman Miller Statement on VA’s Refusal to Fire VA Scandal Figure Sharon Helman
    Posted in Press Releases on November 4, 2014 | Preview rr

    Chairman Jeff Miller released the following statement today regarding the Department of Veterans Affairs’ continued refusal to fire Phoenix VA Health Care System Director Sharon Helman. “This isn’t complicated. If VA has the evidence needed to fire Sharon Helman, which it says it does, it should fire her. Keeping Helman and other Phoenix executives on the payroll when the department wants to fire them is nothing more than a waste of taxpayer dollars. The Department of Justice has already said i... Read more

  • Chairman Miller Statement on CAVHCS Personnel Action
    Posted in Press Releases on October 24, 2014 | Preview rr

    Following VA’s announcement that it has removed the director of the Central Alabama Veterans Healthcare System, Chairman Jeff Miller released the following statement. “I’m pleased the department has finally reached the same conclusion about James Talton that nearly every person familiar with CAVHCS’s problems came to long ago. It’s unfortunate, however, that VA’s action comes only after Talton was on paid leave for more than two months – an expense that can only be described as a waste of taxpa... Read more

  • Chairman Miller Statement on VA’s Proposed Disciplinary Actions
    Posted in Press Releases on October 7, 2014 | Preview rr

    Following VA announcements that it has proposed the removal of four senior executives, one of whom has already retired and no longer works for VA, Chairman Jeff Miller released the following statement. “Quite simply, any VA administrator who purposely manipulated appointment data, covered up problems, retaliated against whistleblowers or who was involved in malfeasance that harmed veterans must be fired. Unfortunately, I’m concerned that VA’s implementation of the Veterans Access, Choice and Ac... Read more

  • Chairman Miller Statement on New Revelations Regarding VA OIG Review of Phoenix VA Health Care System
    Posted in Press Releases on September 17, 2014 | Preview rr

    Today, after VA Office of Inspector General officials confirmed that delays in VA medical care did contribute to veteran deaths and the fact that the possibility that delays caused deaths couldn’t be ruled out, Chairman Jeff Miller released the following statement: “The confirmation from IG officials today that delays in VA medical care contributed to the deaths of Phoenix-area veterans and IG officials’ admission that they couldn’t rule out the possibility that delays caused deaths changes the ... Read more

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