Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) issued the following statement after learning that the Department of Veterans Affairs has appointed Paul M. Russo as the new director of the Miami VA Healthcare System.
"I welcome Mr. Russo as he prepares to lead the Miami VA Medical Center. The medical facility he will find is top notch in the nation caring for our local veterans. However, it is also one where major problems occurred and broken promises were the norm.
My South Florida Congressional colleagues and I have visited the facility many times and met with its past leadership as we worked to fix these problems, but unfortunately issues remained unsolved and our veterans suffered because of it.
Moving forward, I urge Mr. Russo to focus like a laser beam on fixing the problems that have plagued this center so that our wounded warriors can receive the optimal care they deserve."