Acting VA Secretary Sloan D. Gibson VFW Annual Convention Remarks 22 July 2014

The Department of Veterans Affairs is in the midst of its most serious crisis in more than a generation. I know that, and I know you know that.

But here’s something I want to make sure you also know: The Department of Veterans Affairs has before it perhaps its greatest opportunity to enhance care for Veterans in its history.

I’m not the only one who thinks that. Two weeks ago, I met with Dr. Harvey Fineberg, the distin guished clinician and healthcare leader who just completed 12 years as the President of the Institute of Medicine. When I commented that we could accomplish more in the next two-to-three years than we could have in two-to-three decades, he immediately interrupted and corrected me, “No! VA can accomplish things now it never could have accomplished.”

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