New VA Secretary in Phoenix following veteran care scandal - Tucson News Now

New VA Secretary in Phoenix following veteran care scandal

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The new VA Secretary, Robert McDonald is visiting Phoenix for the first time, to find out what needs to be done to give veterans the care they deserve. 

He is visiting the same hospital where the scandal originally began, with whistle blowers coming out and secret waiting lists.  According to reports at least 40 veterans died waiting for care at the Phoenix VA. It was this report that led to an uproar of Congressmen calling for then VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to step down. He did just that.  

Shinseki resigned in May, saying he did not want to be a distraction.  

On August 7, the President signed a $16 billion measure to address the problem of VA wait lists; much of that money will go to hire doctors and nurses. 

Today, McDonald will be making his first public stop since the bill was signed.  

KOLD's Barbara Grijalva is in Phoenix for that visit.  Stay with Tucson News Now both on air and online for more on McDonald's visit.

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