Acting Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson said Wednesday the VA has lost the trust of both United States veterans and the American public.
Speaking at a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing, Gibson addressed the issues that have hampered the VA for years. He said veterans are waiting too long for care, data manipulation is frequent and there's a culture within the agency that discourages employees from raising concerns about department practices.
Gibson asked Congress Wednesday for more money to solve these problems. He said between now and fiscal year 2017 the agency will need $17.6 billion and 10,000 new medical staff. Gibson said without 10,000 new medical staff and larger facilities, the wait times for veterans will continue to increase and the health care will continually diminish.