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Congresswoman Visits Local VA Clinic

WGIL Newsroom . Local News 354

Bustos picIf there are problems in the Veterans Administration, you wouldn’t know it by the way the Veterans Administration clinics in the 17th Congressional District are handled.

That’s according to 17th District Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, who made what she called an unannounced visit to the Galesburg VA clinic today. She says clients there told her they get great service, and have had no problems, including when they have to make the trip to the Iowa City clinic.

Bustos tells WGIL, however, there are what she calls broader, more systemic problems in the VA that can start to be solved now that VA Director Eric Shinseki has resigned.

“There were comments made to us about General Shinseki and a feeling that when you have a problem with the leadership at the top, then it’s the right decision for him to resign they appreciated the fact that we asked for his resignation in light of what was going on,” says Bustos. “Other than that, I think just an overall feeling that we’ve got to get to the bottom of this, make sure vets are taken care of when they return home.”

Bustos says she supports a criminal investigation into allegations of long wait times at the Phoenix and other VA medical centers, and an alleged cover-up.

Bustos disputes allegations made by a spokesperson by former Congressman Bobby Schilling’s campaign that she waited for polls supporting Shinseki’s resignation, before she supported it herself.