To the Editor:
I read Rose Thayer’s July 3 article about the potential FBI investigation of the Temple VA.
Rather than a political issue, it is a national scandal that crosses party lines. It needs to be addressed by both parties. I don’t know why she is trying to make it political.
I appreciate Congressman (John) Carter for his past efforts in assisting several hundred of our veterans. In addition, he was instrumental in replacing the leadership at the Temple VA; he supported the bill to make it easier to remove both union and nonunion VA culprits, and he has pushed for a FBI investigation.
Louie Minor, candidate for Congress, is concerned that VA employees might be fearful of a FBI investigation. I care less about their fear than the fear of veterans wondering if they might not get a timely life-saving appointment.
Mr. Minor says Congressman Carter should be investigated because he had prior knowledge of this mess. I assume, therefore, he believes all 535 members of Congress should be investigated for letting the VA get to this point.
He probably wants the president investigated as well to see why he pulled people off processing VA applications to work on “Obamacare” applications. Mr. Minor, it is time for action not a debate. Quit trying to score political points on a nonpolitical issue.
Congressman Carter has done what other conscientious members of Congress of both parties have done and that is to help their constituents. The members thought they were taking care of veterans.
Only in hindsight do we now know they were dealing with symptoms rather than individual cases.
The culture at the VA must change. Let’s work together to change it.