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Representative Martha Roby speaks to Montgomery residents

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Representative Martha Roby has been visiting with people all over her district during the August recess, calling national attention to the Central Alabama VA, and Thursday she visited Montgomery.

Representative Roby spoke at the Montgomery area Chamber of Commerce's Eggs and Issues breakfast about reform efforts to the veterans health care system. Roby has made no secret of the fact that she's discouraged by recent discoveries at the VA in the city.

Roby spoke on the house floor two weeks ago, calling attention to scheduling discrepancies, unread x-rays and manipulated patient records. She also talked about her letter to the new VA secretary, asking him to visit the Alabama facilities.

The representative says it's her responsibility to make sure the issues are solved. She considers the Veterans Access Choice and Accountability Act, which the President recently signed, the first step.

 "It's a funding bill that puts in place things like patient centered community care, which is something that I've been pushing for," Representative Roby said. "Any veteran that's dealing with a wait time longer than 30 days, or lives 40 miles away, can access care in the private sector. And that's just one of the things that we're doing."

The $16.3 billion plan enables the VA to hire more doctors and nurses at nearly 1,000 hospitals and other medical facilities across the country. It also makes it easier to dismiss poorly performing VA officials. It will also expand the VA staff by hiring thousands more nurses, doctors and mental health counselors.

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