First District DFL Rep. Tim Walz touts his efforts to reform the Veterans Administration health system in the wake of the recent scandal in his latest TV ad.
The 30-second spot features veteran Hank Sadler talking about the VA scandal in which workers at some VA facilities, including the Minneapolis VA, were accused of having falsified medical records, delaying care for veterans.
"When we served we were given the promise that we would be taken care of," Sadler says into the camera. "It's probably the most important promise they'll ever have in their life."
The ad shows Sadler reading a newspaper with a headline about claims from ex-workers that the Minneapolis VA Medical Center falsified records. The ad then shows Sadler walking with Walz.
"Nobody works harder than Tim Walz for veterans. He's right on top if it. He was on top of it from the beginning, and he's working with both parties to reform veterans health care and make sure it never happens again," Sadler said.
The ad ends with Sadler saying, "Tim understands because he's one of us," and shows a picture of the former command sergeant major in his National Guard uniform.
Walz's opponent, Blue Earth Republican Jim Hagedorn, has pointed to the VA scandal as evidence that the Mankato Democrat is not doing enough to make sure veterans have quick access to quality health care.