(TRENTON) — Senator Jeff Van Drew and Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak (both D-Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland) had the following published Thursday in the Press of Atlantic City. Andrzejczak is a retired Army Sergeant who lost his leg to a roadside bombing while deployed in Iraq in 2008:
“In the last year, we have seen numerous reports by the media of problems within the federal Department of Veterans Affairs hospital system.
“The men and women who fought for our country, many of whom are now in their later years, deserve the best care we can offer. Instead, they’ve encountered unprecedented wait times that have left them suffering with ailments and injuries, and without the vital health care they need.
“Last year, the New Jersey Legislature endorsed and sent to the VA a plan for a pilot program that would allow veterans in South Jersey to access care at community doctors’ offices and hospitals.
“The pilot program is undoubtedly the best option right now to provide quality, accessible care for local veterans, and hospitals across South Jersey are eager to welcome these men and women into their facilities…”
To read the rest of Assemblyman Andrzejczak’s op-ed, click here.