We’ve just received word that Senator Johnny Isakson will host a field hearing next week here in Atlanta to address problems and mismanagement at Atlanta’s VA Medical Center. The hearing will take place Wednesday August 7th at 10am on the campus of Georgia State University. From the Senator’s press release:
ATLANTA – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., will chair a Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee field hearing in Atlanta, Ga., on Wednesday, August 7, at 10 a.m. to examine the April 2013 reports from the Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General detailing mismanagement of inpatient and contracted outpatient mental health programs at the Atlanta VA Medical Center in the wake of three veteran suicides and to address the steps the VA has taken to improve the mental health care provided in all of their facilities.
The hearing is titled: “Ensuring Veterans Receive the Care They Deserve: Addressing VA Mental Health Program Management.”
Isakson, who serves on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will hear testimony from the VA Central Office, the Office of the Inspector General, the Southeast Network, the Atlanta VAMC, the Georgia National Guard, a veteran with the Wounded Warrior Project, as well as private-sector and community mental health care providers.
Veterans are encouraged to attend the hearing to learn about the steps being taken to improve the care provided by the Atlanta VAMC.