Veterans Affairs secretary to visit Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald is scheduled to address the American Veterans National Convention and visit the VA hospital in Memphis.

McDonald, who took over the troubled agency last month, is scheduled to speak at the AMVETS convention in Memphis on Wednesday.

It will be the second time in a week that McDonald addresses a veterans group. McDonald, a West Point graduate and former Army Ranger, spoke at a National Disabled American Veterans convention in Las Vegas on Saturday.

McDonald is scheduled to meet employees and leadership at the Memphis VA hospital on Thursday.

A VA inspector general's report released in October said three patients had received substandard care in the hospital's emergency room and died. The hospital says it fixed the problems that led to the deaths.

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