Continuing his fight for the veterans of Acadiana, Congressman Jeff Landry (R, LA-03) today met with officials from the Veterans Administration to fight for the Lafayette and Lake Charles Community Based Outpatient Clinic facilities. After the meeting, Congressman Landry released the following statement:
"Today, I joined Senators David Vitter and Mary Landrieu and Representative Boustany in a meeting on Capitol Hill with Veterans Administration officials to fight for the Lafayette and Lake Charles veterans health clinics. I thank Senator Vitter for getting this meeting scheduled and Senator Landrieu for hosting it in her office.
As a veteran, who has worn a uniform, I have seen up close the sacrifices our men and women in the armed services make in serving our country. I believe we must fulfill the commitments our nation has made to our veterans. That is why, while others were pounding their fists complaining about the health clinic problem, I went to work to help solve it.
At today's meeting, I offered different scenarios to help solve this problem. My solutions included both time savings and cost savings to get these clinics back on track.
I voiced the concerns and frustrations of our local veterans, and I reiterated the need for accountability and transparency from the Veterans Administration moving forward in the process.
Senators Vitter and Landrieu and I were able to get the VA to commit that they would employ the quickest process allowed under law to get our clinics back in motion, while maintaining stringent ethical standards.
We were also able to get the VA to commit to monthly correspondences updating the progress of the process, something I demanded in a letter last week.
Canceling the construction of health clinics for the veterans of Acadiana because of clerical errors made by the Veterans Administration is unacceptable.
We have a great veterans coalition, who has worked extremely hard for their fellow veterans. I thank the veterans of Southwest Louisiana for their efforts and can assure them that as a veteran myself, and my staff, which has 3 veterans on it, we will continue to do all we can to make these health clinics a reality.
Getting clinics that meet the health needs of the veterans of Southwest Louisiana has been of utmost importance to me since day one. Last year, I was able to get high level administrators from the VA to meet with the Coalition to address these concerns. In that meeting, we were all assured that these clinics were moving forward.
It is time for accountability and action. It is time for the VA to take whatever steps are necessary to fix these problems and get these clinics back on schedule."