Top VA official visits Gainesville

by: Brittany Jones Updated:

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The new acting chief of the Department of Veterans Affairs stopped at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville where a paper waiting list was found.

Sloan Gibson said he's on a mission to rebuild veterans trust in the VA.

"A lot of trust had been eroded, we have a lot of work to do," said Gibson.

Gibson said it was a trip that was much needed to meet with medical leaders, employees, veterans and stakeholders.

The meeting follows the release of results from a nationwide audit that revealed systemic issues with the VA system.

Gibson said one of the major issues are the lengthy waiting list.

"I am pushing this organization hard and fast. We're doing things we aren't used to doing. We are moving out with a sense of purpose," said Gibson.

Gibson said the VA has long way to go. Gibson said the VA promises more transparency, an improved system and better care. He said he also asked for additional resources to provide better care.

Veterans Action News spoke to said they hope the VA will keep their promises and help save lives before more are lost waiting for care.