Republican Louisiana Congressman Bill Cassidy has sent a letter to Sloan Gibson, the acting Veterans Affairs Secretary, asking Sloan to support the Louisiana House Special Committee on Military and Veterans Affair's request to subpoena officials with that department to go to an upcoming committee hearing.

Cassidy says,

"Louisiana state officials are listening to our veterans' concerns and taking steps to improve the VA and the care that it provides. We need the federal administrators to be a partner in finding solutions to the problems in our VA system. By giving feedback and participating in the state's special committee hearings, we can work together to move towards implementing common sense reforms. We must make sure our veterans have quality healthcare."

In the past several weeks, Louisiana veterans gave testimony at the state legislature about the various issues they have faced over the years.  Cassidy says even though VA officials from the federal level were invited to attend, no one came to the committee meeting.

The Congressman says the VA medical centers in Shreveport, Alexandria and New Orleans, have been flagged for review.

Louisiana House Special Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs' Chairman Nick Lorusso released the following statement:

"Louisiana veterans who have been let down by the VA should take comfort in knowing that they have a doctor fighting for their healthcare concerns in Washington. Dr. Bill Cassidy understands the importance of delivering quality care to our veterans on a timely basis. We are grateful for his support in our efforts to fix problems in Louisiana's VA system."