Alexander, Corker Announce Visits to TN Veterans Health Care Facilities

Aim to Ensure Mistakes at Walter Reed are not Repeated in Tennessee

Posted on March 7, 2007

Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker today announced that they and/or members of their staffs will visit all of the veterans’ health facilities in the state over the coming weeks. “The conditions at Building 18 at Walter Reed are unacceptable, and we want to make sure that nothing like that situation exists in Tennessee,” Alexander said. “Every single one of our wounded soldiers and our veterans should get the best possible medical care after they come home.” “Inadequate care and conditions like those uncovered at Walter Reed are absolutely unacceptable,” said Corker. “I look forward to joining Senator Alexander to make sure that our Tennessee veterans and returning soldiers who have given so much for our country are receiving the health services they deserve.” The Tennessee senators’ offices are in the process of scheduling visits to veterans’ health facilities in the state now. Facilities to be visited include VA medical centers in Memphis, Mountain Home, Murfreesboro and Nashville, outpatient clinics in Chattanooga, Cookeville and Knoxville, and community based outpatient clinics in Clarksville and Savannah. Further information on the visits will be available as they are completed.