Womack Testifies Before House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Demands Investigation into Actions at Fayetteville VA
Womack testifies in front of House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and requests an investigation into decisions made following the misconduct of former Fayetteville VA pathologist
Washington, DC—September 10, 2019….Continuing his work to support those who have defended our freedom, Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) today testified before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on the need for increased accountability and transparency at VA Medical Centers. He discussed the egregious misconduct of a former pathologist at the Fayetteville VA and called for an investigation into the actions taken by the VA to address the situation.
Congressman Womack said, “The men and women who’ve served in uniform deserve quality treatment from the facilities they rely on. Unfortunately, we witnessed blatant misconduct by a Fayetteville VA pathologist and systemic flaws that led to these outcomes. It’s a situation that isn’t unique to our community. We need clear information on the VA’s decision-making throughout this shameful situation and insight into the lack of safeguards. Our veterans deserve the highest standard of care, and proper oversight is necessary to ensuring that this conduct is never repeated.”
During his testimony, Congressman Womack outlined the allegations of abuse against former VA pathologist Robert Morris Levy. Mr. Levy was previously found to be intoxicated while at work, alleged to have falsified reviews of his work, and violated his oath to do no harm. While a criminal case is being pursued by the United States Attorney for the Western District, details on the choices made by VA leadership are also needed to prevent future instances of abuse, implement new safeguards, and increase accountability.
Following Congressman Womack’s speech, the committee members stated that they would pursue an inquiry into the situation. The remarks were submitted as part of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee’s “Member Day Hearing,” which allows members of Congress to highlight specific legislation or issues important to their districts and constituents.
Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) has represented Arkansas’s Third Congressional District since 2011. He serves as the Ranking Member of the House Committee on the Budget and is a member of the House Appropriations defense and transportation, housing and urban development subcommittees.
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