According to a review by American Ledger, appointed Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler skipped nearly 30% of her Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearings during her first term in office, including hearings on measures to protect veterans’ health care amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Nearly 700,000 veterans live in the state of Georgia and depend on their representatives to fight for them in the halls of Congress, but Loeffler appears to have played hooky with her responsibility to protect Georgia’s vets.
On June 9, 2020 Loeffler skipped an urgent hearing where representatives from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs sent off a siren that they only had enough PPE equipment to last them for the next 30 days. Without the equipment, thousands of vulnerable veterans and health care providers would be endangered. But Loeffler did not attend, and her reason for skipping the hearing remains unclear, as she was filmed riding the elevator of the Capitol building just a few doors down on the same day.
Furthermore, over the past year, Loeffler has ditched Veterans’ Affairs meetings on addressing issues facing prisoners of war and their families, as well as hearings discussing the health impact of Agent Orange exposure on Vietnam War veterans.
On January 7th, Loeffler is seeking election as United States Senator from Georgia for the first time, and will need the support of many of these veterans whose concerns she has frequently sidelined.