The Honorable Robert A. Petzel, M.D.
Under Secretary for Health
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20420
Dear Dr. Petzel,
As a member of the House of Representatives Committee on Veterans Affairs, I thank you for the work that you do to ensure that our nation's heroes receive the highest quality health care in the most efficient way possible. It is my honor to serve on the Committee on behalf of the more than 154,000 veterans who live in Las Vegas. Southern Nevada has always been proud of our significant veteran population.
For years our community lobbied the Veterans Administration to open a full service hospital for veterans in Las Vegas, and I have closely monitored the progress of the new Las Vegas Hospital & Community Living Center and am encouraged to see that many of the expected services are already being offered to the 240,000 Veterans living in the hospital's catchment area. I have had the opportunity to visit the facility and regularly discuss the hospital with veterans throughout my Congressional District.
I write today to encourage you to quickly appoint a Director for the VA Southern Nevada Health Care System. As you know, the position has been filled by an Acting Director for a number of months. As the hospital continues to offer additional services and complete construction of other projects at the site, it is important that there is a leader who is fully invested in the success of the hospital. I am concerned that the Health Care System does not have a full time, permanent director as the hospital becomes fully operational and ask that you quickly complete a thorough and thoughtful search for the next director.
I look forward to working with you to ensure that veterans in Southern Nevada have access to the high quality health care they have earned.
Member of Congress