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  • 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 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. 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

  • Lawmakers angry over elusive VA spending data
    Posted in News & Opinion on November 29, 2012 | Preview rr

    The Department of Veterans Affairs spent nearly $87 million on training conferences last year. Maybe. Read more

  • Panel chair raps VA officials over travel spending
    Posted in News & Opinion on November 29, 2012 | Preview rr

    “The truce is off,” the House Veterans Affairs’ Committee chairman declared Wednesday in an abrupt and explosive end to a hearing looking at VA spending on conferences and travel. Read more

  • Congress Blasts VA, Declares 'Truce Is Over'
    Posted in News & Opinion on November 29, 2012 | Preview rr

    The chair of the House Veterans Affairs Committee blasted VA officials at the end of a contentious hearing Wednesday declaring the "truce is over" after the Congressional committee ripped VA leaders for more frivolous spending on VA "boondoogles." Read more

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