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Chairman Miller Statement on Passing of VA Scandal Victim Barry Coates

Jan 28, 2016

WASHINGTON Chairman Jeff Miller released the below statement today regarding the passing of Army veteran and VA scandal victim Barry Coates.


“Through no fault of his own, Barry Coates was dealt a tragic hand in life. Time and again he was let down by the very agency established to serve him. Yet after all he endured, he kept a positive attitude and remained focused on ensuring that other veterans would not have to suffer the same mistreatment he did. Barry is proof that bureaucratic incompetence, indifference and corruption can result in tragic consequences. His heartbreaking story should be required learning for every Veterans Health Administration employee. Barry and his family will remain in my thoughts and prayers.” – Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs