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VIDEO: President Obama to sign Veterans Affairs overhaul bill

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A bill to overhaul the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs will become law Thursday morning, days after Congress overwhelmingly approved the measure.

President Obama will travel to Fort Belvoir, Va., on Thursday morning to sign H.R. 3230, the "Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014." The bipartisan bill will provide $15 billion to bolster VA staffing and infrastructure and will expand access to private care for veterans facing wait times longer than 30 days.

The bill will also allow recently confirmed VA Secretary Robert McDonald to immediately remove senior agency executives for poor performance or misconduct.

McDonald, a former Army Ranger and former CEO of Proctor & Gamble, told congressional lawmakers last month, "I will put the veteran at the center of everything that we do, consistent with our mission."

The Department of Veterans Affairs remains under increased scrutiny after whistleblower reports earlier this year unearthed evidence of serious delays in care and attempts to conceal agency data.

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