WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, a combat veteran, issued the following statement after the United States Senate confirmed Dr. David Shulkin to be Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA):
“I am deeply troubled by the many problems within the VA system. From long appointment wait times to the enormous veteran benefit appeals backlog, these shortcomings are unacceptable. Our veterans – who have given so much to this country – deserve better. We must do more to expand patient choice and access, reduce wait times, and improve mental health care, and failure to do so is not an option. I will hold Dr. Shulkin accountable to the promises he has made, and look forward to working tirelessly with him to improve the department and honor our commitment to veterans.”