State Representative Hank Naughton, the Massachusetts Legislature’s Veterans Caucus, and the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Fund gathered on the front steps of the State House on Thursday to demonstrate their continued commitment to veterans throughout the Commonwealth and nation.
Rep. Naughton, a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, presented a resolution signed by members of the legislature that calls upon the federal government to investigate the scandalous failures of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Recent reports allege that approximately 40 veterans died while waiting for health care treatment from the VA medical facilities in a number of states. Delayed medical services claim to be the result of waiting lists and backlogs within the VA. Additionally, the resolution brings awareness to and calls for action to address the fact that 22 veterans commit suicide per day.
“The men and women who return home from risking the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms deserve the best services available,” said Rep. Naughton. “The fact that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has extensive waitlist and continued backlog is unacceptable. I am proud that Massachusetts continues to be a leader in providing exceptional veterans’ services and it is my hope that the federal government will take swift and deliberate action to ensure that veterans throughout the nation receive the treatment they deserve.”