No truth to border rumors, VA official says

No. Medical specialists at Veterans Affairs facilities, including Montana’s, aren’t being deployed to the Mexican border.

Gina Grosso, Department of Veterans Affairs assistant secretary for human resources, told a Senate committee Tuesday there was no truth to a rumor circulating through conservative media outlets and Congress that VA facilities were losing medical staff to the U.S. southern border.

Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester, a Montana Democrat, put the question to Grosso at the start of a meeting primarily about staffing shortages in the VA workforce.

“So the question is this, have you or any VA representatives had conversations, or plan to have conversations, with the Department of Homeland Security to deploy VA personnel at the border to address issues resulting from the repeal of title 42?” Tester said.

Grosso confirmed there were no such plans.

“We have not been in any direct discussions with DHS on sending our employees to the border,” Grosso said. She went on the say the VA has given vaccines to U.S. Custom and Border Patrol staff, as well as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees. “I would like to share that we are very proud of the work we’ve done helping other federal agencies that are on the

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