U.S. Congressman Paul Broun Works with U.S. Army Surgeon General Schoomaker Toward Expanding Wounded Warrior Care in Augusta
With Lieutenant General Eric Schoomaker, U.S. Army Surgeon General, by his side, U.S. Congressman Paul Broun today toured the Uptown Division of the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center. Broun and LTG Schoomaker were provided the opportunity to meet with wounded soldiers, sailors, and marines and participate in collaborative discussion with VA leadership. Broun is working with the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs to explore avenues to expand the services given to active duty troops at both Eisenhower Medical Center and the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center. Recognizing that a large number of wounded warriors are from the Southeast, Broun believes it is better for the service men and women and their families to be cared for in Augusta instead of in other parts of the country.
"The Charlie Norwood V.A. Medical Center and the Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Ft. Gordon are partners to a unique arrangement which allows them to provide better care to our nation's wounded warriors," said Broun. "As an enlisted Marine veteran and former Navy medical officer serving in Congress, I am devoted to ensuring that our federal government honor the commitments made to our troops, our veterans, and their families. I have pledged to do all I can to facilitate turning Augusta into a world-wide healthcare destination for civilians and especially for our brave service men and women."
Broun and LTG Schoomaker visited the VA Medical Center's Uptown Division after attending Fort Gordon's Quarterly Retirement & Retreat Ceremony, where Broun thanked retiring soldiers and their families for their dedicated service to the nation.
The following service men and women retired from the U.S. Army today:
COL Debbie J. Lomax- Franklin
COL Paul W. Wingo
MAJ Edna L. Velazquez
LTC Bradley S. Rustan
LTC Kevin J. Belanger