Lawmakers cite concerns over selection to supervise VA in Louisiana, highlight false statements and lack of actions on VA wait times
(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.), along with U.S. Representatives Charles Boustany, Jr., M.D. (R-La.), Steve Scalise (R-La.), John Fleming, M.D. (R-La.), Cedric Richmond (D-La.), Ralph Abraham, M.D. (R-La.), and Garret Graves (R-La.), sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald to express their concerns with the selection of Dr. Skye McDougall to serve as the Network Director for the South Central Veterans Affairs Health Care Network (VISN 16). In the letter, the lawmakers urge VA Secretary McDonald to rescind Dr. McDougall’s appointment in light of her history of lying under oath and refusal to take action regarding the controversial wait times for veterans at VA facilities.
“Louisiana veterans deserve the absolute best access to healthcare available, and ensuring that top-notch care for our brave servicemen and women starts at the top of the food chain. Frankly, Dr. Skye McDougall’s appointment to supervise the VA in Louisiana is an insult to our veterans,” wrote the Members of Congress. “Given the fact that the VA is currently working to regain the trust of veterans in Louisiana and across the nation, we firmly request that you rescind Dr. McDougall’s appointment, and instead choose a proven trustworthy leader who will prioritize the needs of our nation’s veterans above a career in bureaucracy.”