Rep. Martha Roby sends top legislative staff to Montgomery to meet with VA patients, employees

June 12, 2014
Representative Roby In The News

In the wake of the scandals involving  Central Alabama Veteran Health Care System, U.S. Rep. Martha Roby said she is sending two staff members to Montgomery to meet with VA employees or others who have concerns about the health clinics.

Roby's Chief of Staff Stephen Boyd and Military Legislative Counsel Mac Tolar will be working out of the Second Congressional Office for the next several days. The move comes as Roby announced yesterday that she was misled over the fates of CAVHCS employees who were found to have falsified records at the Montgomery and Tuskegee clinics.

Roby said she had originally been told the employees had been terminated but later learned from CACHCS Director James Talton that wasn't the case.

"I believe I was misled," she said.

Roby said "given the inconsistencies and influx of public comments on the subject," she decided to send her staff to meet with those served by the VA.

The CAVHCS facilities, as well as the VA's clinic in Mobile, were cited in a recent audit showing scheduling irregularities and extended wait times for patients.

"The more that has been publicly revealed about the VA, the more my office hears from individuals who want to share information regarding the situation in Montgomery," Roby said. "I am sending my Chief of Staff and my Military Legislative Counsel to Montgomery to provide a specific opportunity for face-to-face meetings with those who believe they have important information or documents about the VA.

"The purpose is to improve our understanding of what is happening so that I can conduct responsible oversight and take the necessary legislative steps to correct this problem."