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Rep. Cunningham tours renovated VA hospital in Charleston

Cunningham at VA hospital. (WCIV)

Freshman congressman Joe Cunningham (D-SC 1st District) says there’s a lot of exciting things we can do for veterans.

And with a new appointment in Congress, he’s ready to get started here in the Lowcountry.

Newly elected representative Joe Cunningham visited the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center Friday.

He says he’s using his “seat at the table” on the US House Veteran Affairs Committee to help vets throughout the country. He made a special stop in Charleston to see the new renovations and the progress that’s been made in his home district.

Charleston’s VA hospital recently finished a $3 million renovation.

Money that went in part to increase the number of beds and improve mental health facilities.

“It reminds me how much good we can do. I’m honored to be in the presence of not only the veterans the facility takes care of, 30 percent of employees here are veterans who sacrificed so much for their country. It’s an honor to do as much as I can to honor those sacrifices, make sure the care they provide here is as good as they provide anywhere else in the world,” says Rep. Cunningham.

Rep. Cunningham has also been named to the Veteran Affairs subcommittee on economic opportunity and technology modernization.

He says he recently led a round table with a group of veterans. A big concern was modernizing health records so they are accessible to veterans, wherever they move.

The congressman says there is still a lot of work to be done for veterans in this country but this is certainly a positive step forward especially with our growing population of veterans in the Lowcountry.

South Carolina’s first congressional district is home to the largest veteran population in the state.

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