Head of the VA to visit El Paso, meet with staff

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson visits El Paso's VA medical center to meet with officials and discuss how to improve veterans' access to health care.

During his Friday visit to El Paso, Gibson will meet with the VA Health Care System leadership, employees and others to hear about problems they still face.

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, an El Paso Democrat, says he hopes to set goals with Gibson to improve veteran's access to health care.

Gibson's visit comes in the wake of a scandal over falsified VA record-keeping and months-long wait times for appointments with VA doctors.

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

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