CONGRESSMAN BISHOP, VA SECRETARY MCDONALD HOLD COLUMBUS VETERANS-FOCUSED TOWN HALL MEETING
COLUMBUS, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Ranking Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and the Honorable Robert McDonald, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), held a veterans-focused town hall meeting at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center in Columbus, Georgia while on tour through Middle Georgia.
“Our appreciation of our veterans should be expressed not just with words, but also with deeds,” said Congressman Bishop “And so, as Congress wrestles with budgetary issues, we want to hear your concerns in order to determine what we need to do to ensure all veterans get the timely care, benefits, and consideration they have earned through their service to our nation.”
"It is important to hear directly from veterans and employees as we go through the largest restructuring in VA's history," said Secretary McDonald. "More veterans are using VA across the nation including here in Georgia. We have made real progress by completing more appointments, extending clinic hours and hiring thousands of clinicians. But, we still have more to do and that includes improving our customer service."
Today, Congressman Bishop and Secretary McDonald held a public town hall meeting with over 300 veterans in attendance to gather feedback on implemented improvements to service in Middle Georgia. On Wednesday, the Congressman and the Secretary held a town hall meeting at Central Georgia Technical College with over 200 in attendance, met with staff at a VA clinic in Macon and a VA clinic in Columbus, as well as toured Martin Army Community Hospital and a joint Department of Defense / VA care facility at Fort Benning.
In addition to providing oversight of the VA as the management culture within the Department shifts, Congressman Bishop has been working to improve VA service and overall quality of life for our military veterans. The intent of the tour is to improve VA transparency and highlight the District-specific needs of veterans in Middle and Southwest Georgia.
To view and download photos of this week’s tour, please click here.