Congressman Van Taylor Urges VA to Increase VA Capacity in Collin County

Sends Letter to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie

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Washington, September 29, 2020 | Anna R. McCormack ((202) 570-0927) | comments
Today, Congressman Van Taylor, a former Marine and veteran of the Global War on Terror, sent a letter urging the U.S. Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Robert Wilkie, to ensure Collin County veterans have continued access to quality healthcare by increasing the number of VA care facilities in North Texas.
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WASHINGTON - Today, United States Congressman Van Taylor (TX-03), a former Marine and veteran of the Global War on Terror, sent a letter urging the U.S. Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Robert Wilkie, to ensure Collin County veterans have continued access to quality healthcare by increasing the number of VA care facilities in North Texas.

In the letter, Congressman Taylor states, “Creating additional VA capacity in Collin County is absolutely necessary. Veterans in my district already face higher wait times as compared to other communities in North Texas, and veterans will increasingly face difficulty accessing medical care until new capacity is added to the system.”

As outlined in the letter, the population of veterans in Texas’ Third Congressional District is expected to increase by twenty four percent over the next twenty years according to estimates from the VA’s National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics. Furthermore, the population of veterans over the age of sixty five will increase by forty percent during the same time period. Such an increase in population will only strain a system that is already heavily burdened. For example, while wait times at most VA North Texas medical facilities have decreased over the last year, the sole facility located in TX-03 has experienced increased wait times

Specifically, Congressman Taylor’s letter underscores the rapidly growing need for additional VA capacity in Collin County and the lengthy commutes that veterans living in the norther portion of the county must endure to seek out VA care. A copy of the letter Congressman Van Taylor sent to Secretary Wilkie can be found here. Population growth estimates for veterans in Texas and specifically Texas' Third Congressional District, can be found below as can a map of North Texas VA facilities and average wait times.

Total Veteran Population Estimates
  September 1, 2019 September 1, 2040
TX-03  38,000 50,000
Texas 1,585,000 1,361,000

North Texas Facilities and Wait Times
Background
As a Veteran, Congressman Taylor knows the sacrifices our military and their families make for our state and nation. Since coming to Congress, Congressman Taylor has worked to improve access to healthcare for North Texas veterans. Just this year, Congressman Van Taylor and Congressman Collin Allred worked together to help the VA acquire the former Garland Baylor, Scott & White hospital which will eventually help provide care for the 184,000 veterans in North Texas.

A 7th generation Texan, Congressman Van Taylor is a dedicated family man, successful businessman, and decorated Marine Officer. Taylor served Collin County both in the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate. Today, Taylor is proud to serve on the House Committee on Financial Services.


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