- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee defended the majority of VA facilities and caregivers on Wednesday afternoon following a meeting with the White House chief of staff on Capitol Hill.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, said Denis McDonough didn’t have any additional demands of the committee for further hearings or investigation. He said they talked about how most of the care at VA facilities is good, but that the long wait times that result from too many people in the system need to be addressed.

“I think there’s an acknowledgement that the veteran’s community agrees that the quality of care at VA facilities is quite good,” Mr. Sanders said after the meeting. “The problem that we’re having in recent years, as a result of two wars, there has been a significant increase in the number of people who utilize VA health care. That will lead to a situation where in parts of the country the time that it takes for a veteran to access VA health care, to get into the system, to get the appointment that he or she needs, is too long.”

He said he is looking forward to working with Congress and the administration to shorten wait times and improve the VA system.

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