September 25, 2018

Ranking Member Walz Statement Following Release Of Inspector General Report On Veteran’s Suicide At Minneapolis VA Healthcare System

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Ranking Member Tim Walz (D-MN) released the following statement after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its report, “Review of Mental Health Care Provided Prior to a Veteran’s Suicide Minneapolis VA Health Care System Minnesota.”

“This is profoundly unacceptable,” said Ranking Member Walz. “The findings outlined in the Inspector General’s report are deeply disturbing. The finding that the Minneapolis VA failed to sufficiently sustain relevant recommendations OIG made in 2012 should outrage us all. Our work to hold VA accountable is far from over. The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee is holding a Suicide Prevention hearing this Thursday, and this tragic, systemic failure will be central to our focus.”