Cathy McMorris Rodgers is out to make political points on the Veteran's Administration scandal with an op-ed she penned.
As the wife of a retired Navy commander and the representative of the district covering Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington, I see firsthand the permanent effects of war -- both physical and psychological -- on those who serve our country.
Our congresswoman tries to add to her credibility by stating she's the wife of a retired Navy commander. This is just as laughable as it is disingenuous. He was retired from the Navy when she married him. She's never spent a minute living on a military base or experiencing military life, something you would assume about a person making a point of being a spouse of a military member, retired or not.
Last week, we passed the overwhelmingly bipartisan Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act of 2014, which holds the VA accountable for actions that are both egregious and preventable.
So her response is to make it easier to fire people. You have to wonder if she read the audit report.
Lack of provider slots was the highest barrier to getting appointments. She has nothing to say about that.
Though recent reports highlight the fundamental inefficiencies and mismanagement within the agency, the VA has failed to protect America's veterans for far too long. This is a serious problem, and it demands a serious solution.
For far too long. Really? If this has been a problem for such a long time why is she just now speaking up? Remember when the Walter Reed scandal broke back in 2007?
Here was her response back then.
You get the impression that it depends on whose watch the scandal happens.