How Is The VA Staffing Crisis Affecting South Texas Veterans?
There are an estimated 35,550 job vacancies at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
The staffing shortages are system-wide and impact the VA’s ability to provide quality care to veterans in need.
According to its website, the Veterans Health Administration is America's largest integrated health care system, serving 9 million veterans every year. The VHA's job vacancy rate, as of November 3, was 9 percent.
Critics claim the lack of hiring is a deliberate attempt to break the system, create a crisis of care and then privatize it.
Veterans, community members and VA employees rallied in front of the Kerrville VA Medical Center in late November. The American Federation of Government Employees plans to hold a San Antonio rally early next year.
What are the effects of understaffing on veterans nationwide and in South Texas? What is the Veteran's Choice Program, and how could it change the VA?
What needs to happen to fix the VA's staffing crisis? How can we ensure all U.S. veterans receive adequate care?
- Jeffrey Young, acting associate director of the South Texas Veterans Healthcare System
- Kayda Keleher, associate director of national legislative services for the Veterans of Foreign Wars
- Don Edge, president of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3511
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