Freshman U.S. Rep. Neal Dunn, R-Fla., will take over as chairman of the U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Health.
U.S Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., the chairman of the committee, announced that Dunn would take over the subcommittee as part of a reshuffling of members which also included U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., joining and U.S. Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla., leaving to take a spot on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee.
“I’m grateful Rep. Dunn has agreed to serve as chairman of our Health Subcommittee,” Roe said on Tuesday before noting that the North Florida Republican was going to have an important task including overseeing the Veterans Health Administration. “This subcommittee will be even more important as the VA MISSION Act is implemented, and Neal has proven time and time again his commitment to ensuring veterans have timely access to quality care.”
Dunn noted that he served more than a decade in the Army as a surgeon before being in private practice
“I am honored to continue to serve America’s heroes in this leadership role on the Health Subcommittee,” Dunn said. “As a doctor and Army veteran, I have seen firsthand the red tape our veterans face on a daily basis. From problems getting treatment at local facilities to traveling hundreds or even thousands of miles to qualify and receive organ transplants – our servicemembers return from war only to find they have to fight government bureaucracy. These men and women gave their all for love of country. We must now give our all to ensure they are receiving the care they have earned.
“Thank you Chairman Roe for entrusting me with this leadership role and for your resolute commitment to our veterans,” Dunn added.