3 We see it all too often: Men and woman who fought for our country.. NOW living on the streets. One local congressman blames the problem on patient backlog and mismanagement at the Department of Veterans Affairs. He says it affects more than one and a half million Florida Veterans. Channel 4's Hailey Winslow spoke to Congressman Ron DeSantis about legislation he says will help our servicemen and women ... She's live in St.Augustine. Hailey? 3 3 Representative DeSantis held a press conference here, at the VFW off US 1. He's purposing a bill that will address what he calls an accountability crisis, affecting Veterans locally and across the nation. 3 00-05 13-1850-55Specialist Joseph Minster served in Iraq during Desert Shield/Desert Storm...And for more than 2 decades, worked as a surgical tech, most recently at Flagler Hospital. Two months ago, he was released from his duties... For 4 years, he's been waiting For 4 years, from his duties... For 4 years, he's been waiting for his individual unemployability claim from Veterans Affairs. ...it's the same ... it's the same story for millions of Veterans across the country...Representative Ron DeSantis calls it a national nightmare.15:46 REP. RON DESANTIS, UNITED STATES CONGRESS: "i think the one thing that should unite everybody both in Washington and back here in kind of the normal part of the country is that we want to honor the men and women who have served and sacrificed for us. Recent reports released, he says, are unacceptable ...including claims of clerks in Colorado - instructed to falsify appointment records to appear as if veterans were served in a timely manner...and reports of a secret waiting list at VA medical facility in Phoenix... Congressman DeSantis stands behind a house bill that would hold VA senior managers accountable for poor performance. ...so our service women and men like Minster aren't left out on the streets. 3 We believe would generate serious unintended consequences that would prove counterproductive. For example, any change that would single out VA employees for punishment or discharge could have a chilling effect on VA's ability to recruit and retain high-quality employees. That, in turn, could harm VA's ability to best serve Veterans as well as be an effective steward for the U.S. taxpayer. In addition, we believe employees who are removed would still retain due process protections, so any actions taken by the Secretary under this legislation could lead to lengthy litigation. 3 3 3 Representative DeSantis thinks the bill will be voted on in the House this month. Reporting live from St. Augustine, Hailey Winslow, Channel 4, THE local station.