Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen announced her support for the Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act of 2014, which would mandate more accountability and better services at the VA through the elimination of employees who have attained the level of Senior Executive Service, if the Secretary of Veterans Affairs determines that their performance has not been optimal. Ros-Lehtinen has long been committed to accountability for South Florida's VA center. Our men and women in uniform have served our nation honorably and, upon their return to their homes, communities and families, they deserve to know that the centers for their medical care are efficient and responsible.
Ros-Lehtinen understands the needs of veterans because her husband, Dexter, is a combat veteran who volunteered for service and sustained serious injuries while serving our country in Vietnam. Currently Marine Reservists, her step-son, Doug, and daughter-in-law, Lindsay, served our nation as Marine officers in Iraq and Lindsay also served in Afghanistan.
Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
"Our veterans, who have sacrificed so much for our nation, deserve the best care available. Part of that is ensuring that the officials who are responsible for implementing that care are accountable for the functioning and services at VA centers across our nation. Private hospitals strive for high standards of accountability, thus VA hospitals that provide care for the brave men and women of our armed forces must be held to the highest efficiency standards."
NOTE: Recently, a young veteran who served our country in Iraq died of a cocaine overdose while he was a patient at the Miami VA drug rehabilitation center. A review found serious and unacceptable lapses in security procedures that show the staff of the Miami VA was unaccountable and administrators lacked responsibility for controlling their staff or implementing procedures.