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  • Reed, Collins Press VA for Stricter Reporting Requirements on Sterilization Procedures
    Posted in Press Releases on June 27, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Concerned about recent reports of sanitation violations at the local VA hospital, Reps. Tom Reed and Chris Collins are pressing the VA for stricter reporting requirements to be implemented regarding sterilization procedures. In their letter to Acting Secretary of the VA Sloan Gibson, Reed and Collins demand stricter reporting measures be included in the Veterans Health Administration’s internal audit of medical centers and outpatient clinics. “Reporting requirements need to be firmly in place to... Read more

  • WILLIAM “DOC” SCHMITZ ELECTED AS DEPT. OF NYS VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS COMMANDER
    Posted in Press Releases on June 25, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    William “Doc” Schmitz, native of Dunkirk, was recently elected Commander of the Department of New York State, Veterans of Foreign Wars at the state convention in Syracuse, New York. Having served most recently as Department Senior Vice Commander, Schmitz’ peers elected him to the highest position in the state VFW earlier this month. In addition to his State Commander duties, Doc serves as the Director of Veterans Affairs in Tom Reed’s Corning Office. “From his long and decorated military service... Read more

  • Reed Cosponsors Bill to Give Veterans More Health Care Flexibility
    Posted in Press Releases on June 10, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Tom Reed voted Tuesday in support of the Veterans Access to Care Act, a bipartisan bill that requires the VA to offer non-VA care to enrolled veterans who experience extensive wait times or live more than 40 miles from a VA medical facility. Reed, a co-sponsor of the bill, says that regardless of where veterans live, they deserve timely care close to home. “Delays at VA facilities across the country are intolerable and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t act now to give veterans greater flexibili... Read more

  • REED: THERE’S A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF WORK TO BE DONE TO FIX THE VA SYSTEM
    Posted in Press Releases on June 2, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Tom Reed Monday said problems within the VA extend far beyond resignations and administrative troubles to what could be criminal activity. Reed says anyone found guilty of criminal activity including manipulating official documents must be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. And while Reed said VA Secretary Eric Shinseki’s decision to step down is the right one, Reed says it doesn’t go nearly far enough. “We cannot lose sight of the tremendous amount of work that needs to be done ... Read more

  • Tom Reed Votes to Hold VA Managers Accountable
    Posted in Press Releases on May 21, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Tom Reed voted in support of the Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act of 2014 Wednesday, a bill to give the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs a greater ability to remove employees from the VA based on their performance. “Growing allegations that VA hospitals across the country are delaying care for our nation’s veterans reinforces the need to restore accountability within the VA,” Reed said. “Those found responsible for poor performance need to be held accou... Read more

  • REED CONDEMNS “SECRET WAITING LISTS” AT PHOENIX VA
    Posted in Press Releases on May 6, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Ensuring Access to Health Care, Veterans

    Tom Reed is keeping recent developments at a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix, Arizona in the spotlight this week and calling for those responsible to be held accountable to the fullest extent. The VA Office of the Inspector General (IG) is currently conducting an investigation into serious allegations of patient neglect at the Phoenix VA hospital that more than 1,400 veterans were placed on a secret waiting list and more than 40 veterans died while waiting for care at the faci... Read more

  • Reed Supports Increased Services, Programs for Veterans
    Posted in Press Releases on May 1, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Veterans

    Tom Reed voted Wednesday to increase support for the programs and services dedicated to serving the nation’s veterans. The Fiscal Year 2015 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill strengthens support for veteran services programs over last year’s bill and includes funding for military construction for family housing, medical, educational and training facilities. “First and foremost, we are caring for our veterans by making sure they have quality medical care, job training ... Read more

  • Reed Votes to Encourage Small Businesses to Hire More Veterans
    Posted in Press Releases on March 11, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Ensuring Access to Health Care, Veterans

    Tom Reed voted Tuesday in favor of the Hire More Heroes Act, a bill to encourage small businesses to hire more veterans by excluding employees who already receive health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs or under TRICARE from being counted toward the employer mandate threshold under Obamacare. “It’s common sense that veterans who already receive health care and do not need employer-provided insurance should not be counted toward the employer mandate under Obamacare,” Reed said. “A ... Read more

  • Gillibrand, Reed Announce Legislation to Name Corning Post Office after Fallen Army Specialist
    Posted in Press Releases on February 21, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Tom Reed today announced legislation to name the U.S. Post Office in Corning after Army Specialist Ryan Jayne, an Elmira native who died while serving in Afghanistan. “Specialist Jayne served with truly heroic bravery,” Senator Gillibrand said. “He answered the highest call, and made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. Naming the Corning Post Office after him will honor his legacy in the community he loved for all to proudly remember his life ... Read more

  • Reed and Local Veterans Gather to Talk Priorities
    Posted in Press Releases on January 21, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Rep. Tom Reed brought local veterans around the table Tuesday at the VFW Post in Sheridan to discuss the current legislative landscape for veterans and priorities for veterans included in the recently passed consolidated appropriations bill. Specifically, Reed highlighted a significant increase in funding for overcoming the veterans’ disability claims backlog. “Today’s discussion was about priorities: priorities for our veterans and how we prioritize care for our veterans here at home and down ... Read more