By Jackie Nelson
Congressman Mike Pompeo joined Hesston residents and veterans for the Memorial Day Ceremony at Hesston Cemetery on Monday, May 26.
Prior to the ceremony, Pompeo shared insights into issues facing legislators in Washington, D.C. In keeping with Memorial Day, Pompeo addressed issues facing the Department of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (V.A.).
“The V.A. funding is in pretty good shape. It has increased every year I have been in Congress. The DoD funding has decreased and we have to put some money back there,” he said.
However, Pompeo said he, as a veteran, was aware of wasteful spending within the military.
“As former Army, the military wastes money, too. There are programs that don’t make sense and we’ve got to get rid of them when they’re bad programs, but we need to fund national security right,” he said.
Went it came to Veteran’s Affairs, Pompeo said medical care for veterans is not efficient nor does it provide adequate care for returning and former military.
“The V.A. is a broken system. There have been lots of calls for the top man to step down or be fired. I’m fine with that – I’m fine with General Shinseki leaving. But that won’t solve the problem. The problem is a structural problem. When you try to impose a big-government system to deliver healthcare it is destine to deliver lower-quality, higher-cost, less personalized care. That is what we are seeing in these problems in Phoenix and other places,” he said.
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