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Rep. Gallego Calls on Department of Veterans Affairs to Take Action Given Recent Reports that 35k Combat Veterans were erroneously denied Health Care

August 11, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today Congressman Ruben Gallego sent a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald expressing his serious concern and indignation over a recent report which says that over 35,000 combat veterans – including hundreds in the Phoenix area- were erroneously denied health care as a result of a computer error.

Read the letter here.

Congressman Ruben Gallego released the following statement:

“I am appalled and outraged by the news that over 35,000 combat veterans have been denied health care for years because of a computer glitch.

“These men and women served our country; they fought for our freedom and safety; and when they arrived back home we denied them medical care - which they were promised, and rightfully earned through service, sacrifice and battle.

“We had no problem finding them in the system when we sent them to battle. There is no reason why we should have had trouble finding them when they returned. This delay in care is unacceptable; it has serious consequences for the well-being of these veterans and I expect the VA to act swiftly and expedite the process to get these American heroes the care they need and deserve.”

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