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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Abraham opposes VA choice to head Louisiana operations

January 19, 2016
In The News

Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, opposes the Department of Veteran Affairs’ choice to head up health care operations in Louisiana and Mississippi due to the appointee’s involvement in the ongoing scandal regarding VA wait times.

VA Sec. Bob McDonald has appointed Skye McDougall to head the South Central Veterans Administration Health Care Network (VISN 16). Medical centers in Alexandria, Shreveport and New Orleans are included in her network.

Dr. Abraham, who serves on the House Veterans Affairs Committee and is the chairman of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs subcommittee, wrote McDonald on Friday, Jan. 15, to oppose McDougall’s appointment.

“It is imperative that VISN 16 be managed by a director whose hands are clean of this scandal and who understands that acknowledging existing faults and holding those accountable are the first real steps to fixing a broken system,” Dr. Abraham wrote in the letter.

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