June 9, 2014                              

WASHINGTON –Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson met with the leadership of 27 Military and Veterans Service Organizations (MSOs and VSOs) following the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) release of results from its Nationwide Access Audit, and other facility level access data.

In the meeting, Acting Secretary Gibson thanked MSOs and VSOs for being VA’s valuable partners in serving Veterans and continuing to improve the department.  He told MSO and VSO leaders that he looks forward to working with them to better serve Veterans and address the unacceptable, systemic problems in accessing VA healthcare.

Acting Secretary Gibson outlined the actions announced today in response to the audit findings, and how the data shows the extent of the systemic problems VA faces.  He reemphasized his commitment to earn the trust of Veterans who VA is privileged to serve, and told the MSO and VSO leaders that VA has contacted 50,000 Veterans across the country to get them off of wait lists and into clinics.

The actions announced and data released today can be found at: