Sinema Meets With VA Secretary Wilkie

Jan 15, 2019

Senator pledges to use position on Veterans Affairs Committee to hold the VA accountable, support Arizona veterans

WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema today met one-on-one with Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to advocate for Arizona’s veterans.

“I look forward to working with Secretary Wilkie to ensure Arizona’s veterans get the care and benefits they’ve earned, and I will hold him and the VA accountable if they fall short,” said Sinema, who comes from a military family.

Sinema is a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee where she is leading the fight for Arizona’s veterans.

While in the House, Sinema cosponsored the VA MISSION Act, which is now law. The VA MISSION Act helps veterans receive care when they don’t live near a VA facility or when the VA can’t provide them with timely or specialty medical care. Sinema has also led the charge to reform the VA by being an original cosponsor of the VA Accountability Act and by supporting the VA Choice Act, both of which were signed into law. Additionally, Sinema worked with the family of Sgt. Daniel Somers, an Arizona veteran who lost his life to suicide, to introduce and successfully get signed into law the Sgt. Daniel Somers Classified Veterans Access to Care Act which ensures veterans who serve in a classified capacity can get private counseling from the VA.