Joe Biden should give Orlando VA Center offices back to Darren Soto and Stephanie Murphy

The most unpopular decision regarding veterans affairs made in Orlando over the last four years was the removal of offices belonging to Congressman Darren Soto and Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy from the Orlando VA Medical Center at Lake Nona. In doing so, they removed the only two entities directly accountable to Central Florida veterans from the equation.

Well, there is going to be a new administration in the White House and it’s time to right that wrong.

President-elect Joe Biden and his VA Secretary nominee Denis McDonough, can give those offices in the massive facility back to our members of Congress, so that they may provide services to their constituents without an extra trip, which includes at least a half day commitment and $10 in tolls if you’re coming from Seminole County. Especially worse is that many of these patients are elderly.

And then there is the actual patient service problem at the VA. Finding help for Orlando vets is an experience that often makes them feel powerless.

This is in Florida, where the state leads in veterans suicides. That number drops if they can get help according to a report from the VA themselves.

We need Darren Soto and Stephanie Murphy in that building. And while we’re at it, all of the members of Congress in Florida.

Right now, they get a folding table on certain days of the month.

We deserve more than a folding table.

Orlando veterans need easy access to health care and a nearby connection to their elected officials, should something go wrong.

It would be putting one of the major injustices in veterans affairs tied to Orlando behind us.

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