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Barnes wants answers from VA Director

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Senator Tina Muna Barnes has fired off a letter to Guam Office of Veterans Affairs Director John Unpingco outlining a myriad of concerns she's received from veterans about the state of disrepair and unsanitary conditions at his Asan office.

Senator Barnes says some of the concerns she's received include multiple reports of non-functioning air conditioning units, the lack of telephones and the lack of basic office equipment to service constituents. Another concern involved the lack of running water in the toilets due to sewage backflow which results in water being stored in large garbage cans. "Many people who visit the Veterans' Affairs office suffer from disabilities that require frequent use of restroom facilities, this due to injuries that they have suffered in service to our Nation. This situation cannot continue," the Senator stated.

Senator Barnes added that the veterans affairs office received almost double what it received in prior year appropriations because of the recognition of the impotance of the work that needs to be done by their office. She has asked Unpingco to advise her when all of the problems will be addressed so she in turn can respond to veterans who have expressed their concerns to her office.

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