V.A. Secretary Vows Not to Privatize Agency

MINNEAPOLIS | The new secretary of veterans affairs pledged to the American Legion on Wednesday that he won’t privatize his agency’s health-care services even as it increases options for veterans to seek care in the private sector.

Robert Wilkie, who was sworn in last month, also pledged better customer service as a result of the VA overhaul bill that President Donald Trump signed recently in response to the long waits for appointments and short-staffing that have plagued VA hospitals across the country.

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