ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Rep. Ron DeSantis is proposing changes to the Department of Veterans Affairs in order to bring more accountability to the system and better care to veterans.
He’ll be speaking at the VFW Post 2391 on US-1 South in St. Augustine on Monday at 2 p.m. to discuss H.R. 4301, the Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act.
“We’ve seen veterans have these ridiculous wait times,” DeSantis tells WOKV. “One of the reforms we’re going to be highlighting will allow the Secretary of the Veterans Affairs Administration to hold people accountable in these senior positions.”
DeSantis says right now employees can be placed on leave and moved to another job.
“It’s a big bureaucracy,” DeSantis says of the VA. “There’s not really accountability in the system.”
He says if someone doesn’t get the job done, then they need to “move along and do something else.”
DeSantis says the allegation that the Phoenix VA created a scheme to cover up long wait times there is unacceptable. Some sources say at least 40 veterans died waiting for care there, many of whom were on the list.
“That’s clearly unacceptable,” he says.
DeSantis thinks all Americans can unite on this issue, and he hopes to turn the page on what he calls a “bad chapter” of the VA.