Investigation Of Alleged Mismanagement At V.A. Medical Centers

 U.S. Military veteran and amputee Lloyd Epps walks after doctors serviced his prosthetic leg at the Veterans Administration (VA) hospital on January 29, 2014 in Manhattan, New York City.  - John Moore/Getty Images

U.S. Military veteran and amputee Lloyd Epps walks after doctors serviced his prosthetic leg at the Veterans Administration (VA) hospital on January 29, 2014 in Manhattan, New York City.

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Investigation Of Alleged Mismanagement At V.A. Medical Centers

Inspectors have added more V.A. medical centers to the list of places under investigation for allegedly falsifying wait times and giving substandard care. We discuss the crisis at Veterans Affairs and what can be done to fix the system.

At a news conference yesterday, President Barack Obama strongly defended the Department of Veterans Affairs. The agency is beset by widening allegations of falsified records and treatment delays for veterans. The president also defended V.A. Secretary Eric Shinseki, saying "nobody cares more about our veterans." But the president stressed that if the allegations prove to be true, those responsible will be held accountable. Many veterans' advocates, Republican lawmakers and even some Democrats expressed disappointment with the president's comments for not offering concrete solutions; others renewed their calls for General Shinseki to resign. Guest host Tom Gjelten and guests discuss the V.A. under fire.

Guests

Peter Gaytan

executive director, The American Legion.

Ed O'Keefe

congressional reporter, The Washington Post.

Col. M. Thomas Davis

U.S. Army (retired); senior fellow, Center for a New American Security.

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