Huntington, W.Va. – Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant toured three Veterans Affairs facilities in West Virginia this week and met with administrators to hear challenges they are facing and discuss what’s being done to improve care for West Virginia veterans.
Secretary Tennant toured the Martinsburg VA Medical Center on Tuesday, and the Beckley and Huntington facilities on Wednesday.
“My father is a Korean War veteran and my husband served in Afghanistan, so like many West Virginians this is a personal issue for me,” Secretary Tennant said. “I asked some tough questions and I’ll be following up. It’s clear there are many quality, caring people at the VA facilities in West Virginia who are working hard for our veterans, but we need to make sure the system allows them to provide the care our veterans deserve. We cannot accept anything less than the best possible care for West Virginia veterans and their families.”
In May, Secretary Tennant sent a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs Acting Inspector General Richard Griffin asking him to include West Virginia’s VA facilities to ongoing investigations of long wait times.
At each facility, Secretary Tennant spent more than an hour speaking privately with hospital administration before touring the facilities and meeting some of the veterans who were there for treatment.