On October 30, 2013 Rep. Mike Meadows of North Carolina asked for and was granted permission to address the United States House of Representatives for one minute regarding Veteran affairs. What she said was shocking!
“Mr. Speaker, I rise today having come from a hearing in which we heard about some of the issues with Veterans Affairs, such as $762,000 spent on a conference while our veterans had to wait for their disability claims to be processed.”
“In my home State of North Carolina, the delay is unacceptable, Mr. Speaker. We are having families that are having to wait almost 2 years to have their claims processed. This is unacceptable. If it were just an extravagant conference, we could overlook it, yet a senior official in an email says, “Well, bottom line, you don’t have to worry about a thing.” Mr. Speaker, it has come to the time where we can tell our veterans they don’t have to worry about a single thing, where their claims are processed, and where we truly keep our commitment to our veterans”, said Rep. Meadows (source: Congressional Record http://thomas.loc.gov/).
Rep. Meadows sits on the powerful Oversight and Government Reform Committee in Congress.