- The Washington Times - Monday, August 4, 2014

President Obama on Thursday will sign into a law a bill overhauling the troubled U.S. Veterans Affairs reform bill, the White House said Monday.

Mr. Obama will sign the measure — passed with broad bipartisan support last week — at Fort Belvoir in Virginia, according to White House press secretary Josh Earnest.

The nearly $17 billion Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act provides more money for veterans to get health-care services outside of the VA system, calls for much greater oversight of VA facilities, provides funds to open additional clinics across the country and takes other steps.

Then-VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned earlier this year amid claims veterans were dying while waiting for care at VA facilities, and that those facilities were keeping false records in order to hide lengthy wait times for treatment.

Former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald was confirmed as the new VA secretary last week.