One of my top priorities in the U.S. Senate continues to be working to make sure Nevada’s communities have a strong voice in Washington to advocate on their behalf.
Whether it is using my role on an important committee, introducing legislation, or calling on an agency for assistance, I believe it is my responsibility to stand up and fight for these communities so they will never be left behind.
For example, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has a contract with the William Bee Ririe Hospital in Ely, NV that is expected to expire. Ely is a rural community in northeastern Nevada with a population of roughly 4,000 people. My commitment to them is the same as it is to the hundreds of veterans that receive care through the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System in Las Vegas.
As soon as I was informed about the Ely contract, I got involved to ensure no veteran would lose their access to care. Over the past few weeks, I have been working with the VA to protect the services provided to Ely’s veterans and ensure they do not experience any disruptions in their health care.
Furthermore, at my request, the VA has committed to hosting a community meeting to hear from veterans about this potential change in access to care. Even after this meeting is over, I will continue monitoring the situation closely because I want to make sure every Nevada veteran receives the care they have earned.
As a senior member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I have the privilege to advocate on behalf of Nevada’s 300,000 veterans. Veterans have served our country and fought to defend America’s freedom and values—often putting themselves in harm’s way to do so. More importantly, these are Nevada family members, friends, neighbors, and loved ones. They deserve an advocate, someone who will always stand up for them.
Going forward, there is more that needs to be done to address concerns with VA care and benefits like the one in Ely. As Nevada’s senior U.S. Senator, my continued focus remains ensuring Nevadans’ voices are heard in Washington. The size of the community doesn’t matter; neither does the time it will take to solve the problem, because helping the people of Nevada is all that matters.
As always, I also look forward to hearing from you on what I can do to help. To reach my Las Vegas office, please call (702) 338-6605. I will continue to listen to you and work on Nevada’s behalf. +