December 23, 2015
TULSA, Oklahoma – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement on the Oklahoma City Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center and the problems at the facility that were brought to light in a USA Today article published in print today:
"Taking care of Oklahoma's veterans has been a leading priority throughout my time in office. The stories of problems at our Oklahoma City VA Center is unacceptable, and I have already been in touch personally with the facility,the VA director who oversees all Oklahoma VA operations, and the VA headquarters regarding the specific cases recently brought to light by the press. This year alone, my office has worked hundreds of cases for Oklahoma's veterans that are facing inadequate care or blocked access to their earned benefits. This past fall I personally brought the VA's chief of staff to Oklahoma to see first hand the progress that needs to be made toward improving health care for our veterans. Following his visit, I also initiated a full review by the VA's office of inspector general of Oklahoma's VA facilities. This is an epidemic not only at the Oklahoma City VA Center, but across the state. I will keep working so that Oklahoma sees significant change in the care provided to those who bravely and honorably served our nation."
On Oct. 30, Inhofe authored an op-ed published in the Tulsa World highlighting issues he is working to resolve at the Muskogee VA medical center. Following the publishing of the op-ed, the VA also sent two teams to investigate operations at Muskogee, one that looked at quality of care and the other that looked at management of the facility, with findings that are expected to be released in the coming weeks. Their visits resulted in the immediate shut down of intermediate surgeries at the Muskogee facility due to issues that were discovered. The op-ed can be read by clicking here.