WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On behalf of the 220,000 federal employees throughout the Department of Veterans Affairs who are represented by the American Federation of Government Employees, AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. issued the following statement in response to tonight's presidential forum hosted by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America:
"Since frontline employees exposed the waitlist scandal two years ago, the VA has made great strides to hire more doctors and nurses, reduce wait times for appointments, and ensure more veterans get the care they deserve when and where they need it.
"As president, Secretary Clinton will work to continue that progress. She understands that we have a sacred obligation to care for those who have worn the military uniform.
"Donald Trump, on the other hand, has insulted Gold Star families, ridiculed Sen. John McCain for being captured in Vietnam, and diminished the honor and sacrifice of every service member. His dangerous rhetoric mirrors his dangerous policies – like his plan to dismantle the VA's health care system and send veterans to private-sector providers, who don't have the skills or experience to address veterans' unique health care requirements.
"If you believe that we as a nation must keep the promise to our veterans, then the choice of whom to elect to our nation's highest office could not be more clear."
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The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union, representing 670,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia.
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SOURCE American Federation of Government Employees