The department has been under fire for weeks, after multiple reports of long wait times being covered up. The scandal forced VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign. His successor is working to assure congress, he is moving to find solutions to the ongoing problems facing the VA.
Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor says he's working to find solutions through new legislation. Senator Pryor met with the American Legion in Little Rock Sunday. Last week, he met with Little Rock and Fayettville VA to determine whether Arkansas Veterans are experiencing any delays in medical care, similar to those seen at dozens of VA centers across the country.
"What they saw in Phoenix is inexcusable. It's horrible but that's a big organization and there's lots of other challenges with the VA and that's why we have this legislation in Washington," says Senator Mark Pryor.
Now, that legislation has support from Democrats and Republicans. It would allow veterans to seek private health care if they meet certain requirements. It would also make it easier for the VA Secretary to immediately fire or demote senior officials tied to mismanaged or delayed care to veterans.
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