With White House officials visiting Ohio Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), a senior member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, announced his support for legislation aimed at ensuring accountability at the VA while improving the delivery of health care provided to our nation’s veterans.

“Our veterans deserve the highest quality of care, and that means restoring accountability within senior ranks of the VA. This legislation empowers the Department to make fair, quick, and meaningful personnel changes that remove poor performing executives and hold those who are found manipulating data accountable for their actions,” Brown said. “It will also allow the VA to better coordinate care for veterans facing long wait times by utilizing community health centers, military hospitals, or private providers. Making these changes now will provide our veterans the care they deserve as we work to improve the VA.”

The Restoring Veterans Trust Act of 2014, legislation sponsored by Senate Veterans Affairs Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-VT), would provide new authorities to the VA to help address systemwide shortages and substantive changes in the leadership structure of the Department. The legislation would empower VA officials to remove poorly performing senior executives or those found to be manipulating data or other violations within the Department.

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