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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) today testified before the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health about her legislation to improve transparency and patient care for veterans at the VA. H.R. 501, the VA Transparency Enhancement Act, would require VA hospitals to improve reporting of surgical infection rates, cancelled surgeries, and other issues impacting quality of care. The bill is one of 10 pieces of legislation under consideration at today’s legislative hearing by the Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health.
ANN ARBOR, MI – U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) released the below statement on National POW/MIA Recognition Day following the announcement that the remains of Lieutenant Donald Underwood, a Michigan pilot listed as KIA/MIA since World War II, have been identified and will be returned to his family. Dingell’s office worked closely with Lt.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and U.S. Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) will co-host a Veterans Resource Fair in Washtenaw County on Monday, September 18th to provide veterans and their family members with access to resources earned through their service to our country. Approximately 20 veteran employment specialists, Veterans Affairs counselors, and veterans service organizations will participate.
DEARBORN, MI – U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) today participated in presenting the family of the late Corporal Rupert Scheer with a Purple Heart for his service in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War I. After being contacted by Corporal Scheer’s family, Dingell’s office worked to secure the Purple Heart and ensure Scheer’s contributions to our country were properly honored.
DEARBORN, MI - In advance of Valentine’s Day, U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and friends delivered handmade valentines from local students to veterans at the Detroit and Ann Arbor VA hospitals over the weekend. Students from kindergarten to middle school from across the 12th Congressional District participated in the Valentines for Veterans program this year, creating hundreds of cards to show veterans how much they are loved.
WASHINGTON, DC – As Valentine’s Day approaches, U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) is inviting local students to participate in the “Valentines for Veterans” project by making handmade valentine cards for local veterans. Last year, students across the region created hundreds of cards to show veterans how much they are loved and appreciated. This is the third year in a row that Dingell has organized the “Valentines for Veterans” project.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and Tim Walberg (MI-07) today reintroduced the VA Transparency Enhancement Act, which would require VA hospitals to improve reporting of infection rates, surgical cancellations, and other issues impacting quality of care. Public and private hospitals are required to report a variety of quality measures to the National Healthcare Safety Network, including surgical infections.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and Tim Walberg (MI-07) today sent a letter to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald seeking answers about steps that are being taken to improve performance and quality of care at the Detroit VA. The letter follows press reports that the Detroit VA Medical Center has become a one-star facility based on an internal rating system used by the VA, called the Strategic Analytics for Improvement and Learning (SAIL) database.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) released the following statement today after the House approved the Harry Lew Military Hazing Accountability and Prevention Act as part of the FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Dingell co-sponsored the legislation with Representatives Judy Chu (CA-27), Jackie Speier (CA-14), and Ted Lieu (CA-33) to require the Pentagon to track, survey, and make annual reports on the problem of hazing in the military.
ANN ARBOR, MI – U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) joined Dr. Mary Beth Skupien, Acting Director VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, last night at Ann Arbor’s Annual Veteran Storytellers Event, Service Above Self, to announce that Ann Arbor has been approved by the VA Healthcare System and Fisher Foundation as the site of the first Fisher House in Michigan. Fisher House provides valuable housing opportunities for families of veterans who are receiving medical treatment at military and VA medical centers across the country.