Hastings, Mast, and Deutch Joint Statement on the VHA’s Suspension of the Congressional Shared Space Agreement at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center

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Washington, D.C., September 12, 2019 | comments
Representatives Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Brian Mast (R-FL), and Ted Deutch (D-FL) made the following statement after receiving a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Health Administration terminating the shared-space agreement at the West Palm Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC-WPB). As a result, weekly Congressional office hours at the VAMC will be discontinued starting on December 31, 2019, cutting off veterans across Palm Beach County from improved access to their Member of Congress and Congressional caseworkers. (Please find attached the letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs):
“We are deeply disappointed to learn that the VA plans to end the shared-space agreement at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center, but we will explore all options to keep the office open. After first opening in January 2018, this first-of-its-kind agreement enabled the entire Palm Beach Congressional Delegation to hold office hours at the VAMC and improve our veteran constituents’ access to our staff. Having caseworkers on hand to provide guidance and assistance on an array of issues has made the VAMC a more convenient place for our veterans to take advantage of the benefits and assistance they have earned. Although there are thousands of veterans in our region who will be hurt by this decision, we remain committed to serving our veterans and their families to the best of our ability and with the respect and honor they deserve.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Rules Committee, Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.


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