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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03)

Congressman Kim Releases Third Story of New Jersey Veteran Impacted by Insufficient VA Health Care

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) released the third in a series of stories of veterans impacted by the failure of the Department of Veterans Affairs to deliver a new veteran’s health facility to Ocean County.

Today’s release comes 37 days after Congressman Kim, along with Senators Booker and Menendez sent a letter to VA officials demanding answers on why the effort to secure a new veterans’ health care facility in Ocean County have failed, and asking the VA to provide immediate solutions for New Jersey’s veterans. The letter remains unanswered.

The third story is that of Michael Murphy, an Air Force veteran who also serves as a Wounded Warrior Fellow in Congressman Kim’s office. Michael currently uses the James J. Howard VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) to address injuries sustained during his service when the Tinton Falls clinic cannot support him.

In seeking care at the CBOC, Michael has had ongoing issues with the lack of parking and health care providers, citing having to, “had to park very far away and walk to the clinic” only to have to “wait over a half hour for no discernable reason” to be seen. Michael has also highlighted the lack of mental health care, which has led him to be treated at a frequency lower than recommended by his doctor.

“This is personal for me.  I have always tried to advocate for Veterans and now in my role as a Wounded Warrior Fellow it’s even more important.  It’s really hard to sit back and witness what is happening to other Vets, especially our older Vets,” said Murphy. “It is totally unfair that Vets are treated this way and there is no reason it has to be this way.  It should not be that difficult to get a new CBOC built efficiently, there is no excuse for this.”

“Michael’s story should be a wakeup call to officials at the VA, and a call to action to take immediate steps to help improve care for New Jersey’s veterans,” said Congressman Kim. “I’m proud of Michael’s service, I’m proud to have him on my team serving Burlington and Ocean Counties, and I’ll keep fighting hard to improve care for him and everyone who served our nation.”

More information about Congressman Kim’s efforts to press the VA on this issue can be found on his website by clicking here.

Congressman Kim is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Small Business.  In addition to advocating for a new veterans health facility in Ocean County, Congressman Kim has introduced bipartisan legislation to protect veterans from VA errors and help veterans identify employment opportunities during their transition to civilian life. More information about Congressman Kim can be found on his website by clicking here.

More information about Congressman Kim can be found on his website by clicking here.