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  • Roe Statement in Honor or National POW/MIA Recognition Day
    Posted in News & Opinion on September 21, 2018 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. - Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after President Donald J. Trump proclaimed September 21st, 2018 National POW/MIA Recognition Day: “In my front office, there sits a chair draped with the official POW/MIA flag. The chair remains empty at all times in honor of the men and women who selflessly served our country and never returned home, and is moved into the committee room during committee business to serve as a reminder of the sacrifice o... Read more

  • Roe Statement on Robert Wilkie’s Confirmation
    Posted in News & Opinion on July 23, 2018 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the Senate confirmed Robert Wilkie as Secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): “I congratulate incoming Secretary Wilkie on his confirmation. Secretary Wilkie showed great leadership while serving as the acting secretary, and I have enjoyed working with him. He was instrumental in moving the VA MISSION Act through Congress, and I know he will be the strong leader the department needs... Read more

  • Chairman Roe in the Washington Times: I Carry The Mission to Honor the Sacrifice of Our Heroes With Me
    Posted in News & Opinion on May 25, 2018 | Preview rr

    In honor of Memorial Day, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs penned the below op-ed in The Washington Times: Memorial Day is a day we pay tribute to the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country safe and free. This year, Memorial Day takes on even greater meaning to me, as I just returned from an oversight visit to various World War I and World War II American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) sites. As chairman of the... Read more

  • Roe, Walz Op-Ed on Suicide Prevention: You Are Not Alone
    Posted in News & Opinion on September 26, 2017 | Preview rr

    Chairman Roe and Ranking Member Walz penned this op-ed on ArmyTimes.com. September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and as legislators and leaders of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, we have a duty to ensure veterans contemplating ending their lives have access to the tools and resources they need to know they are not alone. Recent data released by the Department of Veterans Affairs highlighted that, after adjusting for differences in age and sex, risk for suicide is still 22 perce... Read more

  • Memorial Day
    Posted in News & Opinion on May 29, 2017 | Preview rr

    Chairman Roe penned this op-ed on Medium. Each Memorial Day, we pause to pay tribute to the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedoms we hold dear. We owe them a debt we can never fully repay, which is exactly why we must strive to honor their service any way we can. One way to do that is to take care of the loved ones they leave behind. I’m proud that, just last week, the House of Representatives passed legislation to provide disabled veterans with a cost-... Read more

  • VA bureaucracy continues to protect bad employees, hurt U.S. troops
    Posted in News & Opinion on May 11, 2017 | Preview rr

    Chairman Dr. Phil Roe and Senators Marco Rubio and Johnny Isakson, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, penned this op-ed for Military Times: The vast majority of Americans value their jobs and understand they are accountable for their work. They know that if they perform poorly, there will be consequences, and if they engage in illegal behavior, they will likely be fired immediately. Things are much different if you work for the federal government, especially at the Department... Read more

  • 'I'll never forget the friends I lost in Vietnam': US congressman shares stories of war
    Posted in News & Opinion on May 8, 2017 | Preview rr

    Chairman Dr. Phil Roe penned this piece for Military Times. I can still remember the look on Johnny Parham’s face when I passed him the baton during our 2-mile high school relay race. We were pretty good, if I do say so myself. Johnny was my friend. Even though it’s difficult for me to get through, I still tell his story because, even after all of these years, I often think of him. You don’t get to choose your war. My service as a member of the 2nd Infantry Division sent me to Korea, near the De... Read more

  • The VA must be held accountable. Here’s what Congress needs to do
    Posted in News & Opinion on March 16, 2017 | Preview rr

    The VA must be held accountable. Here’s what Congress needs to do By Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. FoxNews.com A recent study completed by the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that, on average, it takes six months to a year to remove a permanent civil servant in the federal government. Oftentimes, it takes even longer. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is not exempt from the red-tape that prevents agency leadership from firing or disciplining employees within their agency. President O... Read more

  • Vets deserve better than VA's practice of rewarding failure
    Posted in News & Opinion on August 8, 2013 | Preview rr

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has received a lot of negative attention lately for failing to adequately deliver the care and benefits America promised our veterans. In addition to the department’s massive disability-benefits backlog, a disturbing pattern of preventable veteran deaths and other patient-safety issues has emerged at VA hospitals around the country. Read more

  • Hearing on Veterans Affairs conference spending turns combative
    Posted in News & Opinion on November 29, 2012 | Preview rr

    Veterans Affairs Department officials assured lawmakers during a hearing Wednesday that VA has taken measures to ensure it will not waste taxpayer dollars on lavish conferences such as two widely criticized human resources training events held in Orlando, Fla., in the summer of 2011. But the hearing turned contentious, with one Republican going as far as to say he “could care less about the bureaucrats” at VA. Read more

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