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Rep. Zeldin Statement on Secretary McDonald's Comparison of VA Wait Times to Lines at Disney

May 23, 2016
Press Release
Offers Secretary a "Fast Pass" out of his Role at the Dept of Veterans Affairs

Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, just released the following statement regarding Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald comparing the VA wait times to the lines at a Disney theme park:

“Multiple USA Today reports last month detailed how Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) supervisors in several states instructed employees to falsify wait time lists. The VA continues to fail in adequately addressing this serious issue. 

Our veterans deserve to live in a reality filled with the standard of care they deserve. There needs to be accountability and a course correction to make sure that never happens again. This change needs to come from the leadership at the top. 

This morning, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs said the following about the wait time scandal: "When you got to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? Or what's important? What's important is, what's your satisfaction with the experience?"

I wonder what the families of the veterans who died on those wait lists would have to say about that absurd comparison to fantasy land, Mr. Secretary. 

The Secretary may want to consider a "fast pass" out of his role with the VA.”