Daytona Beach, FL (PRWEB) July 01, 2014
The recent exposure of the Department of Veteran Affairs' failure to provide adequate health care to returning war veterans has elicited strong responses from people across the world.
For Matthew Hill, a veterans' rights Attorney at Law at the Daytona Beach-based law offices of Hill and Ponton, news of the VA hospital scandal hit close to home.
"A lot of the veterans I represent tell me about the long waits for care," Hill said. "Some of these veterans have a critical need to see their doctors."
Earlier this month, Speaker John Boehner called on President Obama to push legislation that would give the secretary of Veterans Affairs more authority to fire incompetent employees in the department, and give veterans experiencing delays at VA hospitals the option to seek medical care elsewhere temporarily.
Hill said he believes giving the secretary of Veterans Affairs more authority would benefit the veteran community as a whole.
"It's necessary to give the secretary greater authority to terminate the bureaucrats that are responsible for these fiascos," he said. "As it stands, the secretary is helpless to create immediate change in these situations. Additionally, giving veterans the right to seek care outside of the VA gives veterans a say in their own care."
While the resignation of Eric Shinseki, former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, may have appeared as a change for the better to some, Hill said he believes real improvements will only be made within the Department of Veterans Affairs after the secretary is given more power.
"Shinseki was a scapegoat. Real changes will be made by cutting through the layers of bureaucracy in the VA," Hill said. "[The proposed] bill is a step in the right direction in that it allows leaders at the top to make changes quickly when needed."
Hill and Ponton is located in Daytona Beach, Florida. For more information, call 386-257-2100 or visit hillandponton.com.