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GOOD ON JOLLY!  We have been working with him to help the Veterans with the issues.. And he is on Board!

By Trevor Pettiford, Reporter
Last Updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 6:43  
 
 
 

Congressman David Jolly is opening his office doors Tuesday in an attempt to aid veterans dealing with the VA controversy.

Jolly is inviting veterans to drop by his Seminole office to talk with him about problems they have had or continue to have with the system.

The Republican congressman for District 13, Jolly said he wants to get beyond the politics of the scandal and help those at the core of the problem.

"People died. Veterans died," Jolly said. "And it's not enough to sweep that under the rug based on some bureaucratic negligence that we assume will never happen again."  

Still new on the job, Jolly is trying to tackle one of the oldest problems in the VA, proper and timely healthcare.

The national scandal hit close to home in Jolly's district, the home of the Bay Pines VA medical center.

Veteran Ed Rubertas, who is facing Stage 4 cancer while on a waiting list to get medical attention, spoke with Jolly recently.

"You sit in the lobby and you listen horror stories," Rubertas said. "Why is this happening? Why is that not happening? But the bottom line is, the waiting list...Whoever's on a waiting list right now for anything, outsource them."  

Veterans that stop by Jolly's office at St. Petersburg College's Seminole campus (9210 113th Street), will be asked to fill out a questionnaire about their medical care at the VA.

Jolly's office is scheduled to see vets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. but officials said the office will remain open later if necessary.