Cave Creek, AZ – Gubernatorial candidate, former U.S. Congressman and Army veteran Frank Riggs today applauded Arizona’s U.S. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, and their colleagues Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Richard Burr (R-NC), for introducing the Veterans Choice Act in the wake of the continuing VA scandal. The bill will provide veterans with choice and flexibility in medical providers, and increase transparency and tighten accountability of the VA. “The VA health care system is clearly overwhelmed and broken,” Riggs said. “Routine VA health care should be contracted to private providers so that existing VA facilities can be used for acute and in-patient care, and the swollen VA bureaucracy should be held to account for the delays in care and manipulation of records systemic throughout the VA, as highlighted by the inexcusable and unconscionable practices at the Phoenix VA Hospital.”
Riggs served in Congress with Coburn and Burr. He was instrumental in obtaining funding for a VA outpatient clinic at Travis Air Force Base and helped spare that Military Airlift Command installation from the first round of base closure cuts. Riggs will use that firsthand experience to protect Arizona’s vitally important military installations, including Luke AFB, Fort Huachuca and Davis-Monthan AFB.
Riggs is the only candidate for Governor who has served in both the armed forces and Congress. “It’s clear more than ever, we need an experienced, tested and trusted leader in the Governor’s office with a proven conservative record,” Riggs said. “We can’t trust the highest office in our state to someone who’s a blank slate with no legislative record whatsoever to back their rhetoric and promises.” For more on the Riggs Record go towww.riggsforazgov.com.