VA workers to rally for better veteran healthcare in Tampa Tuesday

It happens to be a few days ahead of Veterans Day.

VA workers to rally for better veteran healthcare in Tampa Tuesday
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As we gear up to observe Veterans Day on Nov. 11, workers with the Department of Veterans' Affairs are hoping to draw attention to what they see as a lack of adequate care for the veterans in the department's charge in Tampa on Tuesday.

The department has an estimated 49,000 job vacancies it has yet to fill (despite having the funding to do so), which VA workers say significantly limits the department's ability to provide the level care U.S. military veterans deserve — something the U.S. government ostensibly promises to those who volunteer to serve in the Armed Forces.

Tuesday's event is, of course, not affiliated with official department business.

Yet some workers associated with a local chapter of the VA labor union are taking part in order to shine light on the worker shortage at the department, which they say is causing "risks to patient safety and a hazardous work environment to the working people at the VA," according to a statement the group released to media the Monday before the event.

The rally will take place along the sidewalk outside the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital at 13000 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. in Tampa. It's slated to happen from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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