To the Editor:

Subject 1: Temple VA problems in 2012 report

The front-page headline May 30 reports that both U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and U.S. Congressman John Carter were gob-smacked by recent revelations concerning the Veterans Administration scandal of fraud and mismanagement.

This is particularly troubling since spokespersons from both Congress members’ respective offices said that they were in receipt of a Department of Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General 2012 report that “highlighted the problems now coming to light at the Olin E. Teague Veterans Medical Center in Temple.”

Reportedly, Cornyn’s office repeatedly asked the Department of Veterans Affairs for additional information related to the health of our veterans and the growing backlog.

Carter’s office said, “The 2012 report was generated as a result of his inquiry to the VA because of constituents who brought issues to his attention.”

Apparently, after a lot of excuse making, neither Congress member did much else. They certainly did not seem to follow up on constituent cries for help.

Carter is now blaming the situation in Temple on the Obama administration’s corrupt culture.

Personally, I would place the blame on two lazy Congress members who talk a good line, but do not deliver the goods.

No wonder congressional approval rating is in the proverbial crapper.

I think it is time for us to help our veterans by getting rid of Cornyn and Carter at the next election cycle. We need two new representatives who will actually fight for our veterans and not just whine and snivel that they had no idea this was still going on.

George Van Riper

Harker Heights

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