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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Veterans, congressmen weigh in on Overton Brooks VA Medical Center progress

February 8, 2016
In The News


It's been almost two years since a nationwide Department of Veterans Affairs scandal alleged veterans were put on secret waiting lists to receive care.

Northwest Louisiana leaders on Capitol Hill toured Shreveport's VA hospital on Monday, weighing in on the direction it's going.

Now, Almond relies on care from Overton Brooks VA Medical Center which was visited Monday by Fifth District Congressman Dr. Ralph Abraham, (R) Alto.

Abraham said the larger veteran volume needs to be cared for.

"They are coming back and the system is getting bigger and bigger so, technology-wise, we've got to be able to handle that volume," Abraham said.

Abraham also sits on the House Veterans Affairs Committee and is the chairman of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs subcommittee.

Abraham said the next step for Overton Brooks will be ensuring the quality and consistency of their medical records, especially the sharing of records when a patient is transferred somewhere else for care.

"So you do the right thing, so you know the previous and the past medical history and that's why it's so important," he said.

Abraham said based on his visit, the hospital is improving.

"Everyone that I talked to today was well-pleased with the quality and efficiency of the service they received," he said.

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