Sarbanes Statement on Relocation of Compensation and Pension Exams at Ft. Meade

August 15, 2016
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TOWSON, Md. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) issued the following statement in response to the Department of Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System announcement that Compensation & Pension (C&P) exams will be relocated from the Fort Meade VA Outpatient Clinic to the Loch Raven VA Outpatient Clinic.

“I am deeply troubled by the news that budget constraints have temporarily prevented the Fort Meade VA Outpatient Clinic from offering compensation & pension exams to Maryland veterans. While veterans will still be able to receive C&P exams at the Loch Raven VA Outpatient Clinic in Baltimore, this temporary suspension will increase the distance that some Maryland veterans will have to travel to receive evaluations.

“In order to provide our veterans with the medical care and benefits that they have earned, and to prevent these kinds of exam relocations from happening in the future, we must fully fund the Department of Veterans Affairs. It is our duty to ensure that veterans receive timely and convenient access to health care, and I’ve strongly opposed House Republican proposals to underfund VA health care by more than $1.2 billion. When Congress returns to session in September, I will continue to fight for a funding bill that includes the necessary resources to provide our veterans with prompt, affordable and high-quality health care.”

Congressman Sarbanes is the author of the BRAVE Act, which expedites Social Security Disability Insurance claims for disabled veterans. When the bill became mired in the legislative process, Congressman Sarbanes worked with the Social Security Administration to directly implement changes to the claims system.