Johnson Statement on Veteran Health Care Issues at the Tomah VA

WASHINGTON — Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, had this to say following news reports that 592 veterans at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center may have been exposed to disease after being treated with dental instruments not compliant with the VA policies.

“My office has been in direct contact with Tomah VA Acting Director Victoria Brahm as well as the VA inspector general’s office regarding these allegations,” said Johnson. “As my 17-month investigation into the Tomah VA documented, there are serious problems with patient care at the facility.  The fact that a VA employee put veterans’ health at risk is unacceptable. Those responsible for ensuring the integrity of patient care procedures must be held accountable.  I urge all potentially affected veterans to utilize resources available to them to receive the care they need during this time.”