FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 29, 2001

Magda Lynn Seymour
Diane S. Witiak
(202) 639-6419

Bobby Harnage to Testify: State of Veterans Health

Media Advisory

WHO: Bobby L. Harnage, Sr.
National President
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)

WHAT: Scheduled to testify before the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health

WHERE: Cannon House Office Building
Room 334

WHEN: Tuesday, April 3, 2001
2:00 p.m.

WHY: The state of veterans’ health is in shock from the trauma of years of flat-line budgets, continued staffing cuts and recent restructuring.


Since FY 1994, the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) has cut 52 percent of inpatient beds. The DVA nursing staff, alone, has been cut some 10 percent. AFGE National President Harnage will give testimony recommending solutions to the myriad problems within the DVA health care system.
AFGE is the largest union for government employees, representing 600,000 federal workers in the United States and overseas, as well as employees of the District of Columbia. AFGE represents some 135,000 DVA employees nationwide. To learn more about AFGE, go to www.afge.org.




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