12 Jul '17, 9pm

Former VA secretary urges Congress to close outdated buildings or ‘VA will fail’:

WASHINGTON — Former Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi, who led an incomplete effort in the early 2000s to close old, underused VA facilities, told House lawmakers Wednesday that without another attempt, “the VA will fail.” “I don’t think this can be sustained for another 10 to 15 years,” Principi said. “Our nation simply can’t afford to maintain a vast infrastructure built for a different time in health care delivery that was to care for tens of millions of veterans as they returned from World War II, Korea and Vietnam – and even from the Civil War, the Spanish American War and World War I. VA is spending too much money on bricks and mortar, rather than doctors and nurses.” His comments came during a hearing of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where committee chairman Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., announced his support for another “top-to-bottom”...

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