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Letter to Eric Shinseki, Secretary of Veterans Affairs


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Sen. David Vitter has sent a follow up letter to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki pointing out the inadequacies regarding specialties and services the VA said they will be providing until the outpatient facilities are completed in Lafayette and Lake Charles.

"Updates and announcements from the VA don't amount to action," Vitter said. "They've fallen short of actually moving forward on providing our veterans in Louisiana with all of the specialties and services they'd have access to in outpatient clinics. Our veterans deserve those services immediately."

Vitter sent a letter to Shinseki on March 29 demanding answers about more immediate action from the VA on providing specialties and services for Acadiana and Southwest Louisiana veterans.

Vitter's letter below is a follow up to his March 29 letter.

April 24, 2012

Secretary Eric K. Shinseki
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420

Dear Secretary Shinseki:

As I wait for your response to my letter dated March 29, 2012, I want to point out the inadequacies of your recent announcement regarding the specialties and services you have promised to make available to our veterans until the outpatient facilities are completed.

While providing the services listed in the recent update is a step in the right direction, it falls short of actually providing our veterans in Louisiana with all of the specialties and services they would have access to had your department not committed a logistical blunder. It was your department's failure that rendered the previous two years of development of these clinics completely obsolete, and I again ask that you rectify this error by making all specialties and services that would have been made available in the new Lafayette and Lake Charles clinics accessible to our veterans as soon as possible.

In light of their service to our nation, our veterans were promised that their healthcare needs would be met. As Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs it is your duty to see that this promise is adequately and promptly fulfilled.


David Vitter
United States Senate

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