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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Rep. Ralph Abraham slams VA director choice for Louisiana operations

January 19, 2016
In The News

U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-Alto, is none too pleased with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' choice to head its health care operations in Mississippi and Louisiana.

Abraham has objected to the appointment of Dr. Skye McDougall to lead the South Central Veterans Administration Health Care Network, which includes medical centers in Shreveport, New Orleans and Alexandria, because of her involvement in a scandal that rocked the department last year over how long veterans had to wait for care.

While director of the VA's operations in Los Angeles, McDougall was accused of delivering false testimony to Congress.

"It is imperative that (south central VA operation) be managed by a director whose hands are clean of this scandal and who understands that acknowledging existing faults and holding those responsible accountable are the first real steps to fixing a broken system," Abraham wrote in a Jan. 15 letter to VA Secretary Robert McDonald.

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