Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick

Representing the 1st District of Arizona

Statement on proposed removal of 3 Phoenix VA leaders

Mar 15, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., gave the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ announcement that the agency is proposing the removal of Lance Robinson, the Phoenix VA’s Health Care System’s Associate Director; Brad Curry, Chief of Health Administration Service; and Dr. Darren Deering, Chief of Staff:

“The horrific Phoenix VA scandal demanded action and accountability, but a full two years later, neither has happened swiftly or thoroughly. Leaders who have failed our veterans should be removed, but that’s not enough. The system itself has failed our veterans, and we cannot rest until it is fixed. When every veteran has access to the timely, quality care he or she has earned, that’s when we will know it is fixed.”