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9.3.20

As VA Secretary Dismisses Prescription Delays As “Conspiracy Theories,” Cal Cunningham Calls For Action for North Carolina Veterans

Veterans across the country have been reporting delays in their prescriptions following Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s cuts and rollbacks to the United States Postal Service. Now, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie is dismissing the reports as “conspiracy theories.” 

But the issues caused by DeJoy’s harmful cuts are very real. 

Bill Rowan, a Marine Corps veteran in Sanford, North Carolina, didn’t receive his diabetes medication for 17 days, saying his blood sugar levels got to “catastrophic levels.” In an interview with Spectrum News, he said: “It was very disturbing to learn that the executive branch and the postmaster general had willfully slowed down the mail.” 

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Yesterday, Cal Cunningham and Pat Timmons-Goodson released an op-ed for the Fayetteville Observer standing up for North Carolina veterans like Bill who rely on the USPS to receive their VA prescriptions, and calling on Senator Tillis to demand answers from DeJoy, one of his campaign donors, on how he will remedy the issues to make sure prescriptions are delivered in a timely manner: “Our veterans gave us much more than we could ever give back, and all they’re asking in return is that we take care of them like they took care of us. It’s time for Sen. Tillis and Rep. Hudson to do their jobs, demand answers from DeJoy and hold Washington accountable. Anything short of that is a dereliction of duty.” 

Cal Cunningham has called on Senator TIllis to take up the bipartisan House bill that would reverse harmful cuts and provide critical resources to help the United States Postal Service maintain operations, instead of caving to his campaign donor and allowing his actions to continue hurting North Carolinians. 


Spectrum: Slow-Moving Mail Impacting Veteran’s Health

  • Slow-moving mail has threatened a U.S. Marine Corps veteran’s health.
  • Bill Rowan says for the past 10 years he has ordered his diabetes medicine through Veterans Affairs online. It typically takes a week to come in, but his last order did not show up on time.
  • “So, I go on tracking and it still says ‘at the post office,’ and I started checking every day because now I’m out of the med,” Rowan says.
  • He says his blood sugar crawled higher each day, eventually getting to catastrophic levels.
  • There was not much he could do until his medicine finally arrived 17 days after he ordered.
  • “It was very disturbing to learn that the executive branch and the postmaster general had willfully slowed down the mail,” Rowan says.
  • “There must be hundreds of thousands of veterans like me who rely on getting their medications on time, so let’s not mess with it,” Rowan says.

Military Times: VA Secretary Attacks Reports Of Slowdowns In Mailed Prescriptions As ‘Conspiracy Theories’

  • Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie is dismissing reports of significant delays in veterans mailed prescriptions as “conspiracy theories” being used to “score political points against the Trump administration,” and warning that the narrative could discourage some individuals from using the U.S. postal service for critical medications.
  • “It’s disappointing to see how comfortable some are with presenting misinformation to advance a political agenda, even when that information has the potential to cause harm to those who served this country,” Wilkie wrote in an op-ed published in the Washington Examiner on Tuesday.
  • Veterans should never be given reason to doubt a system that continues to work for them at a high level, year after year.”
  • Wilkie’s comments come amid growing concerns from both Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill about issues with postal service operations, including reports from veterans service organizations of slowdowns in medication delivery.
  • Last last month, Disabled American Veterans reported “an increasing number of credible reports” of problematic slowdowns in veterans receiving mailed prescriptions. Democratic leaders of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform said they have received numerous letters from veterans complaining about delayed deliveries creating health problems, with little explanation for the reasons.