WASHINTON, D.C. — Over two dozen Veterans Affairs hospitals under investigation for allegedly delaying care to veterans and now the president is responding.
President Obama met Wednesday morning with the secretary of veteran affairs and the deputy chief of staff to talk about the controversy at 26 VA hospitals across the country.
The president says he’s committed to better care for veterans and their families and promises to get to the bottom of charges of misconduct at VA hospitals.
The president made his remarks Wednesday morning in the wake of a damaging report from the Office of Inspector General.
That report centered allegations that the VA center in Phoenix, Arizona and 25 other veteran’s hospitals falsified records to cover up long waiting times for veterans.
In his remarks, the president promised punishment for VA workers found to be involved in the growing scandal
“If these allegations prove to be true, it is dishonorable. It is disgraceful. And I will not tolerate it, period,” said President Obama.
The first results of the investigation are expected next week, and a full audit of all VA hospitals is scheduled to be released next month.