Congressman Kevin McCarthy points out flaws in Veterans Affair handling of patients

Audit follows rash of complaints

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A local lawmaker released his findings on how Veterans Affair medical centers are run and how they affect our wounded warriors.

Congressman Kevin McCarthy met with the Government Accountability Office to go over a recent audit that revealed major flaws in the way VA staff handle patients.

"In all the data that I have seen, I am frustrated that it took a frustration of congress to have an audit to find out this answer. I am frustrated in the direction of where we are going," said McCarthy.

The audit found that vets in Kern County often travel to Los Angeles for treatment because our local VA facility is so unreliable.

It follows a rash of complaints by local VA patients.

The audit shows that veterans needing medical services for such issues as hearing problems, traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder are left waiting to be treated.

 

"These veterans need assistance by way of medical and health benefits and the delays many of them are receiving are unacceptable," said Dick Taylor of the Kern County Veterans Services Department.

McCarthy said if the VA does not take immediate and substantive steps to address these problems, the House will.

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