VA Chief Promises Reform During Texas Visit

Sloan Gibson (File)

EL PASO (July 18, 2014) Acting U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson met Friday with VA medical center officials in El Paso and vowed to improve veterans' access to health care.

Gibson met Friday with the VA center's leadership, employees and U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, to hear about lingering problems in providing care.

Gibson says the facility will receive an additional $5 million to facilitate access to doctors outside the VA and also promised that VA officials will be accountable for past and future wrongdoings.

Gibson has taken the reins of a VA system rocked by a scandal after revelations that records were falsified to hide months-long wait times for veterans to see doctors.

A VA audit showed facilities in El Paso and elsewhere in Texas had some of the longest wait times for medical appointments.