President Trump ran for president on a campaign platform to fix the VA. Since taking office some improvements have been made. For example, 1,000 staff have been fired for misconduct since January.
But the agency still needs to be transformed so that its new staff can succeed, and good employees can do so without fear of retribution.
VA Secretary David Shulkin will remove limitations on the existing veterans Choice Program, which makes it easier for any veteran to use private health care providers if they cannot get a timely appointment at a VA facility or live more than 40 miles from the nearest VA facility. Additionally, veterans will be allowed to see private doctors paid for by the VA.
The private sector may be the answer the VA is looking for since the VA is clearly unable to cope as an overextended agency.