Ossoff impressed by tour of ‘world-class’ VA hospital in Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Sen. Jon Ossoff visited Augusta on Friday to inspect the Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

He said he was impressed with what he saw.

“This has really been a positive and encouraging experience,” he said.

“What I’ve seen here today is the veterans in the Augusta area have access to a world-class facility.”

The Georgia Democrat said he met with local Department of Veterans Affairs leadership and veterans to brief them on his work in Congress to improve access and care for veterans and their families, according to his staff.

Among the legislation he mentioned was the Rural Veterans Travel Enhancement Act of 2021, which he said he’s trying to pass. It would expand access to transportation for veterans in rural areas to get to VA medical facilities.

He said in comments to reporters that this could include scheduled bus service as well as on-call services. He said the goal of the legislation is to provide flexibility to local communities.

He said he’s working to move the bill through the Senate as quickly as possible.

In other comments, he said it’s the responsibility of the Department of Defense and VA to provide care for veterans who are suffering long-term problems from being exposed to the fumes of burning waste on U.S. military bases abroad during the Afghan and Iraq wars.

He also said he’s “carefully monitoring on a daily basis” the intelligence on tensions between Ukraine and Russia. He said an eruption of war there could lead to a “very significant threat” to human lives and international security. He said he’d keep working with federal agencies to prepare for any contingencies.

Ossoff’s staff said he is working to pass other legislation:

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