WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02), released the following statement regarding Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald’s comparison of the VA wait times to that of Disneyland.  

“The VA is not the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’. It is not Disneyland, and our veterans are not living in a world of make-believe. Secretary McDonald should be ashamed of himself for belittling our veterans. Dying in line waiting for medical services is not the same as waiting for Mickey Mouse.”

“Disneyland wait times are a matter of hours- not months. Reports find that nearly half of vets never see a doctor because of failure of VA staff to schedule an appointment. The VA owes our veterans an apology. Veterans should be allowed to get vouchers for private physicians. “

“Next week we observe memorial day- honoring our warriors who died for America. We also will honor those who fought in faraway- distant lands just to come home and be a casualty of the VA’s incompetence. Secretary McDonald should be replaced with someone who respects America’s heroes and ensures that no one else dies in line waiting for care at the fault of the VA.”