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VA Secretary Discusses Mission Act, Veteran Suicide, Sexual Assault

U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie
Department of Veterans Affairs
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Air Force Reserve Colonel Robert Wilkie has been the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs since July 2018. Comprised of three branches, the VA oversees the nation’s largest integrated healthcare system — with 1,250 facilities serving more than nine million enrolled veterans. The agency was thrust into the headlines a few years ago for long patient wait times at its medical centers and a culture that discouraged whistleblowers. 

Secretary Wilkie spoke with WAMC’s Jim Levulis about how the VA has responded to those issues.

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