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Acting Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson said Wednesday that he believes the department can regain the trust of veterans and Americans within two years.
Veterans Affairs Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson will make his first trip to Capitol Hill as the head of the embattled department next week.
A veteran with serious mental health problems waited more than eight years after being admitted at the Brockton, Massachusetts, VA healthcare facility for a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation — part of a "troubling pattern" of neglect across the country, according to a report released Monday by the Justice Department's Office of Special Counsel.
The Veterans Affairs Department could pay out $450 million in disability payments to veterans who don't qualify because no one is reviewing medical records, a report released Friday said.
After less than four months at the Veterans Affairs Department, Sloan D. Gibson suddenly finds himself in charge of fixing the problems that led to the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.
President Obama's transition team was warned in 2008 that repeated audits showed the Veterans Affairs Department was misreporting wait times for medical treatment, including one audit revealing delays nearly 10 times worse than the department was officially acknowledging.
The number of VA facilities under investigation after complaints about falsified records and treatment delays has more than doubled in recent days, the Office of Inspector General at the Veterans Affairs Department said late Tuesday.
While most lawmakers demanded the Veterans Affairs Department use the allegations in Phoenix as a wake-up call to take action, Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont independent, defended the department and pointed out the good care it provides to veterans.