|00:00:00||THERE'S NO WAY TO THANK THE PEOPLE WHO SERVE OUR COUNTRY ENOUGH BUT WE MUST WELCOME THEM HOME.|
|00:00:06||OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN DESERVE QUALITY HEALTH CARE.|
|00:00:09||THE TEXAS VALLEY COASTAL BEND HEALTH CARE HAS EARNED THIS DISTINCTION PAUSE THEY SHOWED A COMMITMENT TO MEETING THE HEALTH CARE NEEDS OF ALL VETERANS.|
|00:00:18||MY STAFF AND I ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT HELPING VETERANS.|
|00:00:23||SOUTH TEXAS IS ONE OF THE MOST MILITARY AND VETERAN FRIENDLY PLACES IN AMERICA AND I'LL WORK HARD TO MAKE SURE THEY RECEIVE THE SUPPORT THEY DESERVE.|
|00:00:32||WHILE WE WERE SERVED BY EXCELLENT OUTPATIENT FACILITIES, WE ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF A V.|
|00:00:41||A. HOSPITAL. WE HAVE BILLS TO DIRECT THE V.|
|00:00:44||A. TO BRING FULL-SERVICE, INPATIENT CARE FACILITIES TO SOUTH TAX.|
Mr. FARENTHOLD. In November, the VA outpatient clinic in Harlingen, Texas, earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval. This award recognizes facilities that comply with the Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety in ambulatory care, behavioral health care, and home care.
There is no way we can adequately express our thanks to those who serve this country, but we must welcome them home and make sure they have access to the benefits and services that they have earned.
Our servicemen and -women deserve quality health care. The Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System has earned this distinction because they demonstrate a commitment to meeting the health care needs of all south Texas veterans.
My staff and I are passionate about helping veterans. South Texas is one of the most military and veteran-friendly places in the country, and I will work hard to ensure that the servicemembers and families receive the support that they deserve.
While south Texas is served by great outpatient facilities, we are in desperate need of a full-service VA hospital. I'm the cosponsor of two bills, H.R. 1318 and H.R. 837, that direct the VA to bring full-service, inpatient care facilities to south Texas.