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Rick Crawford Representing Arkansas' First District
U.S. Congressman Rick Crawford Representing Arkansas' First District

Veterans Affairs

    Fayetteville VA Medical Center Pathologist Fired, Nearly 20,000 Local Veterans At Risk

    Fayetteville VA Medical Center Pathologist Fired, Nearly 20,000 Local Veterans At Risk Written by: Melissa Jones Published by: 5News FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -- Officials with the VA Medical Center in Fayetteville and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced an investigation Monday after a pathologist was found to be "impaired" and misdiagnosed patients, resulting in at least one death. Dr. Skye McDougall, the Network Director and CEO of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, began the ann...


    Veteran who served in Vietnam War ends hunger strike in Mountain Home

    Veteran who served in Vietnam War ends hunger strike in Mountain Home Written by: Caitlin Sinett Published by: KY3 MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. - A veteran who served during the Vietnam War went on a hunger strike in a northwest Arkansas city to try to get legislators to make a change. Jerry Bibb served in the U.S. air force in the late 1960s during the Vietnam War. He was stationed in Okinawa Island, Japan, and worked on navigation equipment inside of military aircraft used in the fight. Bibb said, "I w...


    Explosive Ordnance Disposal Caucus Expands

    Washington, D.C. – Earlier today, Representative Rick Crawford (AR-1) joined his colleagues Susan Davis (CA-53), Brian Mast (FL-18), and Tim Walz (MN-01) in announcing the formation of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (E.O.D.) caucus for the 115th Congress. Originally formed in 2011 by Representatives Rick Crawford and Susan Davis, the EOD caucus will now welcome Rep. Mast and Rep. Walz as additional co-chairs. Across all branches of our military, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians ris...


    Crawford Issues Statement Regarding H.R. 3230 Vote

    Following Wednesday's House vote on H.R. 3230, the "Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014," U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford (AR-1) issued the following statement regarding his "Nay" vote: "As a veteran, the son of a veteran, and brother of veterans, I take a special interest in the defense of our nation and the sacred trust in which we hold those who have given their all in support of that mission. What we’ve learned about the VA in recent months is distur...


    Father’s Day Resonates in VA Legislation

    An old game among kids has them bantering back and forth about the amazing feats of their fathers — specifically, what their dads can do better than other dads. “My dad — fill in the blank — than your dad,” they say, pointing to how much higher their dads can jump, how much faster their dads can run, how much stronger or smarter their dads are, and, yes, even that their dads can “beat up” their peers’ dads (a claim that thankfully, few dads encourage). Kids see nothing their dads cannot do. But,...


    Crawford Praises House Passage of ‘Veteran Access to Care Act’

    U.S. Representative Rick Crawford (AR-1) praised Tuesday’s unanimous House passage of H.R. 4810, the Veteran Access to Care Act of 2014, serving as an original sponsor of the bill. The legislation, which passed the House by a 421-0 vote, directs the VA secretary to seek hospital care and medical services at non-VA facilities for veterans having difficulty getting appointments at VA facilities. Congressman Crawford said the bill helps alleviate the logjam of backlogged veterans’ appointments. “Ou...


    Veterans Deserve Proper Care, Not Waiting Lists

    The VA Office of Inspector General recently unveiled a report looking at health care for our nation’s veterans. What it discovered shed light on a tragic and unacceptable fact. Our health care system has failed those who sacrificed mind and body in service to their country. The report targeted the Phoenix Health Care System, confirming it intentionally prevented at least 1,700 veterans from receive proper care in a timely manner. Veterans, on average, waited about four months before receiving th...


    Crawford to Attend Series of Events Honoring Veterans

    JONESBORO, AR – Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-1) will attend a series of events in Arkansas thanking veterans and their families for their service over the following days: “This Veterans Day, it is important to remember those who have given so much in service to our nation. As an Army veteran and the Representative for Arkansas’ First District, I am especially grateful to these brave men and women, without which we could not enjoy the blessings of democracy and freedom today. I thank our veteran...


    A Day of Remembrance

    In my family Memorial Day is a special time of reflection, as I’m sure it is for millions of families across America. I had the privilege of growing up in a military family. My dad spent his entire military career in the Air Force where he served one tour in Vietnam amongst other assignments that took our family to all corners of the United States as well as overseas. While my dad’s service in the Air Force makes me proud of what he did for our country, I believe it was the smaller lessons he ta...


    Honoring Northeast Arkansas’s finest on Veterans Day

    Veterans are a reminder that the freedoms many Americans take for granted are not without sacrifice. Right here in Northeast Arkansas we have brave men and women who have put their lives on hold, and many times their lives on the line, so their fellow Americans can be free. Some veterans flew helicopters over Vietnam, some spent time on massive ships during Korea. Still others have slugged across the rugged terrain of Iraq and mountains of Afghanistan. Our Greatest Generation stormed the beaches...

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