Jim Mowrer has invited the new Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Robert McDonald, to visit the VA Central Iowa Healthcare System’s (VACIHCS) Veterans Health Administration medical facility in Des Moines.
Mowrer sent a letter to Secretary McDonald this week. Mowrer has made Veteran issues a key part of the race. As an Iraq War Veteran who has worked in the Pentagon as a Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of the Army, he understands the sacrifices of our service members firsthand and how difficult the transition back into civilian life can be. He is committed to making sure that all Veterans have access to the same high quality care that he received in Des Moines VA.
“As a Veteran, what happened in Arizona and other facilities due to the mismanagement and lack of leadership that was exposed at the VA is appalling and unacceptable. No Veteran should ever be left out in the cold, which is why I will make improving the efficiency of the VA one of my top priorities,” said Mowrer. “Iowa Veterans deserve nothing less than someone who will fight for them in Washington, and that person isn’t Congressman King, who has opposed funding to reduce the backlog.”
The VACIHCS operates some of the best medical centers in the nation. With a Veterans Health Administration (VHA) medical facility in Des Moines, and Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Mason City, Fort Dodge, Knoxville, Marshalltown, and Carroll, Veterans in Iowa do not have to travel far to find access to quality care. By visiting Iowa, Mowrer hopes that Secretary McDonald will be able meet with Veterans in Iowa who have benefited from the first class services that are offered by VACIHSC and apply the best practices to facilities around the country.
In mid-May, Mowrer called for the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki after news reporters revealed that some officials in Phoenix, Arizona and other locations around the country attempted to hide delays in treatment. These delays resulted in the deaths of several Veterans. Mowrer was a vocal critic of the previous VA leadership and the Obama Administration’s handling of the situation.