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Hon. Russ Carnahan, a Representative in Congress from the State of Missouri

I want to thank the Chairman and Ranking Member for hosting this important hearing.  Even though this hearing is focusing on one medical facility, Cochran Medical Center in my district has struggled with many of these same issues.  Like Miami VAMC, Cochran had to notify veterans of possible exposure to disease after dental equipment was improperly sterilized.  I have been working with Cochran throughout my time in Congress to make sure that there is never an incident like that again at Cochran, and I believe we are starting to see some signs of progress.  It has not been easy, but through the leadership at Cochran changes are being made to ensure that this never happens to our veterans again.