Guam – In the wake of a call by the American Legion for Veterans Affairs Director Eric Shinseki to resign,Veterans Affairs Oversite Chair Senator Frank Aguon Jr. has issued a statement reassuring Guam’s Veterans that he is continuing to work with the VA Pacific Island Healthcare Systems to improve services for Guam’s veterans.
READ the release from Senator Aguon below:
06 May 2014
for Immediate release
Veteran Related Concerns Underscore Continuous Need for Improvements
(Tuesday, May 06, 2014, Hagåtña, Guam) With the ongoing concerns voiced by the American Legion National Commander pertaining to the poor oversight and failed leadership of the Department of Veterans Affairs (please see attached article). Senator Aguon would like to reassure Guam’s Veterans that there continues to be a coordinated effort with the current leadership of VA Pacific Island Healthcare Systems, (VAPIHCS) to improve support and services for Guam’s Veterans.
“Although, it is disheartening to learn that there are Veterans dying as a result of delayed care throughout the VA Healthcare System, I am still confident in the leadership of Mr. Wayne Pfeffer, Director of VAPIHCS, and his staff,” said Senator Frank B. Aguon, Jr. “In lieu of this current issue, I am still focused on tackling the revolving challenges that severely impact the lives of Guam’s Veterans. I commend the courage of our Veterans for uniting in numbers to bring national attention underscoring the issues of the VA Healthcare System with hopes to bring positive change.”
VAPIHCS have been actively working with all stakeholders within the community to address the concerns of Guam’s Veterans. Currently, Guam Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) is holding orientations at the Guam Vet Center conference room, to orientate up to twenty-five Veterans at a time, which has doubled the orientation process for veterans in need of receiving services at the CBOC.
Presently there are plans to expand the CBOC as VAPIHCS is engaged in Capital Assets Program to obtain funding for the proposed expansion of the CBOC to an additional 2,800sq.ft. equivalent to a two-story addition.