Congresswoman Bordallo Welcomes VA Secretary Shinseki to Guam


Guam – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo is welcoming the visit of  Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki to Guam.

Secretary Shinseki is on island will be on Guam for the official dedication of the Veterans’ Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Agana Heights tomorrow [Tuesday May 24].

In a release, Congresswoman Bordallo states that she has been working with the Department of Veterans Affairs to facilitate Secretary Shinseki’s visit and she has engaged Secretary Shinseki on issues important to Guam’s veterans’ community. 

The release states:

Congresswoman Bordallo was instrumental in advocating for the construction of the new clinic, and she testified in 2003 before a VA commission that was planning the Department’s long term construction priorities. In 2006, Congresswoman Bordallo requested for full funding for the CBOC in the FY07 House Budget. In 2007, Congresswoman Bordallo wrote a letter to Secretary James Nicholson, urging a speedy review and approval of the new CBOC proposal. Congresswoman Bordallo was also among a number of Members of Congress that supported an amendment in the FY 2008 National Defense bill that required the Department of Veterans Affairs to complete the construction of CBOCs that were authorized, including the CBOC on Guam.

Secretary Shinseki will also be meeting with Governor Calvo and veterans organizations to discuss issues important to veterans on Guam. Chief among these issues will be the staffing at the Guam CBOC and the need to address the delays in processing veterans’ benefit claims.
Secretary Shinseki will also join Governor Calvo, U.S. Virgin Islands Governor John P. Jongh, Jr., and Assistant Secretary of the Interior Tony Babauta at a wreath laying ceremony to honor our island’s veterans. The ceremony will be held on May 24, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. at the Asan Bay Overlook of the War in the Pacific National Historic Park in Nimitz Hill.

Congresswoman Bordallo is unable to attend these events as she is currently in Washington, D.C. working to ensure the inclusion of H.R. 44, the Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act, in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, which will be considered on the House floor this week.   

“I welcome Secretary Eric Shinseki to Guam for the dedication of our Community Based Outpatient Clinic,” Congresswoman Bordallo said today. “Secretary Shinseki’s visit is significant as it brings high level attention to the needs of Guam veterans. I am hopeful that this visit will set in motion the solutions to the concerns facing veterans on Guam. Secretary Shinseki’s attendance at the CBOC dedication is also an affirmation of the commitment our nation has to support veterans on Guam who have protected the freedom and liberties we enjoy today. Although we can never truly repay the amount of sacrifices our veterans have made, it is important that we extend our debt of gratitude to these veterans and make every effort to address their healthcare needs.”