Chairman Roe Statement On Report Of Veterans Crisis Line Continued Failures
Washington, March 20, 2017 | For more information, contact: Tiffany Haverly, (202) 225-3527 |
Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement in response to the newly released Office of Inspector General (OIG) report revealing continued failures of the Veterans Crisis Line:
"It's unacceptable that the issues with the Veterans Crisis Line have still not been addressed, and I hope Secretary Shulkin will take immediate steps to correct these serious shortcomings. The Veterans Crisis Line is intended to be the first line of defense against veteran suicide, and we must ensure calls are being answered by a trained professional in a timely manner. I am extremely frustrated by the OIG's findings and will continue to conduct oversight so the men and women who answered the call to serve have their calls answered when they need help the most."