January 11, 2018

Wyden Statement on Investigation of VA Roseburg

Washington – U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today issued the following statement after meeting with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) officials about the ongoing investigation into the VA’s Roseburg healthcare system:

“Our country’s commitment to the veterans who have served so proudly demands they receive the best possible health care when they return home.

And that objective in turn depends on hardworking VA staff who provide that care getting the top-notch support they need for their lifesaving work.

These essential objectives are why I have joined Congressman DeFazio in pressing for an investigation into the troubling and longstanding allegations of substandard care, misconduct and mismanagement in VA’s Roseburg system.

At today’s meeting with VA officials to provide an update on their investigation, I heard that steps have been taken to improve care for veterans in VA’s Roseburg system. I have asked for follow-up on those steps and others that officials told us are forthcoming.

I will be bird-dogging this issue both to ensure what’s been done is succeeding -- and that what’s planned will make the VA’s Roseburg system a place worthy of the veterans who rely on it for quality health care.”