March 04, 2021

Manchin Statement on Clarksburg VAMC Settlements

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the settlements between the United States government and seven of the victim’s families from the Clarksburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) investigation. Reta Mays, a former Clarksburg VAMC nurse, pled guilty to murdering seven Veterans at the Clarksburg VAMC in July.

“The settlements reached in the Clarksburg VAMC investigation are welcome news for our Veteran community and the families of each victim. No amount of money or admission of guilt can bring back their loved ones, but I hope that these settlements bring peace of mind to the victims’ families,” said Senator Manchin. “While these settlements are a step forward in this investigation, we are still waiting on a report from the Department of Veterans Affairs on patient safety and quality care at VA facilities, which has yet to be released months after the mandated deadline. The West Virginia Veteran community deserves transparency on how these horrible murders were able to occur at a VA facility, and I will continue to press the VA to release the report as soon as possible. The quality of care our Veterans receive at West Virginia VAMCs and VA facilities across the nation is of the utmost importance, and I will keep fighting to ensure every Veteran has access to the safe, quality healthcare they deserve.”

A timeline of Senator Manchin’s work on the Clarksburg VAMC investigation can be found here.