Friday, August 1
(Washington, DC) -- A bill reforming the troubled Veterans Affairs Department is headed to President Obama's desk after final passage by the Senate. The legislation goes after systemic VA scheduling problems and unreasonable wait times. It would give many vets the option of seeking care outside the VA system. The roughly 17-billion dollar measure provides funding to expand VA facilities and hire more doctors and nurses. It also aims to make it easier to fire corrupt or incompetent VA employees. The House passed the VA bill on Wednesday.