07 Aug '14, 4pm

Obama signs VA reform, but changes will take time: President Obama signed the new Veterans Affairs D... #airforce

Obama signs VA reform, but changes will take time: President Obama signed the new Veterans Affairs D... #airforce

President Obama signed the new Veterans Affairs Department reform bill into law Thursday, but it will be a while before veterans see any of its effects. The $16.3 billion measure has been touted by lawmakers, administration officials and veterans groups as an important first step in fixing a department rocked by multiple scandals in recent months. It would expand private care options, fund hiring of new clinicians, lease more medical space and ease rules for the dismissal of VA senior officials for poor performance. In a statement, VA officials promised “timely and effective implementation of this highly complex piece of legislation.” But many of those changes will take months to implement, a problematic delay for critics already frustrated with VA operations. “It’s like turning a battleship around,” said Garry Augustine, executive director of Disabled Veterans of America....

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