Hagåtña, Guam – Governor Lou Leon Guerrero and Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio, in conjunction with the Guam Office of Veterans Affairs (GOVA), hosted a roundtable meeting with visiting U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Deputy Secretary Donald Remy and dozens of island veterans organizations, representatives and retired service members.
“Together with Deputy Secretary Remy and our island’s veterans, we engaged in a very productive discussion that highlighted many of the areas our administration has invested in, as well as initiatives we will continue to work toward in light of our strengthened collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs,” said Governor Leon Guerrero. “Our veterans voiced their challenges with the quality of local outpatient services and mental healthcare services, among other issues that Josh and I have worked to address with the full force of our federal partnerships. On behalf of our island, we thank the Deputy Secretary for taking the opportunity to listen to our veterans and committing to actionable solutions.”
“We appreciate our veterans coming out and sharing their stories in a forum that allowed the Deputy Secretary and the Biden Administration to better understand the unique challenges our island faces when it comes to accessing the benefits and healthcare our service members have earned,” said Lt. Governor Tenorio. “In close consultation with our veterans, our administration has taken their concerns straight to the VA Regional Office in Hawaii and those charged with veterans care in Washington D.C. Building on our advocacy, we remain dedicated to driving real results for our veterans as we pursue plans for a veterans wing in the new Guam Medical Complex and a new regional veterans healthcare center on Guam.”