Bergman Statement on First Veterans Affairs Committee Hearing
WASHINGTON – Representative Jack Bergman (MI-1) participated today in a House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs (HVAC) hearing entitled “Assessing the VA IT Landscape: Progress and Challenges.” The hearing, HVAC’s first in the 115th Congress, was designed to explore the major Information Technology (IT) modernization projects and programs underway at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
“As a Marine Corps Veteran, I’m honored to be serving on a committee that is so dedicated to making sure we’re keeping our obligations to our Veterans,” Bergman said. “Advances in technology have given us the opportunity to increase access and streamline processes for Veterans in the First District and across Michigan. That said, we have to make sure that technology is an asset and not an added burden to Veterans. That’s what today’s hearing was about: assessing where we are right now and acknowledging that there is room for improvement.
“It’s equally important to note that, as we move toward more automated processes, we need to double-down in our efforts to make sure that Veterans in rural parts of the First District have broadband access. It’s not a matter of convenience. It’s a matter of providing the access to care those men and women have earned and deserve.”