Get rid of the VA: Congressman Duncan D. Hunter, war veteran and Trump supporter

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Abolish the VA. That’s the only way to fix it — at least that’s what Congressman Duncan D. Hunter (R-CA 50) told KUSI News Friday.

Moments before, Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson said, “We need Congress’ help to get legislation approved. Veterans don’t want to go to the private sector.”

But Hunter disagrees.  

Hunter (CA-52), a Marine Veteran and one of President-elect Donald Trump’s earliest supporters, said Friday congress has worked with Veterans Affairs but they still haven’t fixed the problem.

“The VA has been failing for decades. This isn’t a new problem. Congress has thrown money at it. We’ve allowed them to hire more people, we have consolidated programs, we’ve given them the ability to fire people and it still hasn’t fixed it.”

Those with combat injuries should have specialized care but those without, “let them go wherever they want to,” Hunter said. “Remake it to work with today’s veterans. Traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress, wounds, missing limbs burns — that’s what the VA should be focused on. For everyone else, give them a healthcare card and say you can go wherever you want to.”

According to a list obtained by Buzzfeed, Duncan D. Hunter has been shortlisted as a possibility for President-elect Donald Trump’s Defense Secretary. Hunter was an early supporter of Trump and vocally backed him as the election closed.

Congressman Hunter has represented parts of east and north San Diego County since 2008, taking over the seat formerly held by his father, Duncan L. Hunter, upon retirement. Hunter joined the Marine Corps shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and served four tours overseas. He became the first Marine combat veteran elected to congress to have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

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