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Miller Statement on President Obama’s DAV Speech

Aug 9, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – Ahead of President Obama’s speech tomorrow to the Disabled American Veterans National Convention in Orlando, Fla., Chairman Miller released the following statement.

“I applaud President Obama for taking the time to address the Disabled American Veterans convention this weekend. I sincerely hope he uses this opportunity to make a personal commitment to solving two of the most pressing issues affecting today’s veterans: the crisis that is the Department of Veterans Affairs disability benefits backlog as well as VA’s widespread and systemic lack of accountability for failing executives. There is near universal agreement that a joint electronic health record integrated across all Department of Defense and VA components would help shrink the backlog, yet DoD and VA have sputtered and failed in achieving this goal, wasting hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars in the process. And at VA, a well-documented lack accountability for failing executives is contributing to the backlog as well as an emerging pattern of preventable deaths and lapses in care at VA medical centers across the country. As commander-in-chief, President Obama is the only person in a position to hold DoD and VA leaders directly accountable, and his leadership and personal involvement is essential to solving these problems.”  -- Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs