The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) responded in a letter today to U.S. Senator Mark Begich explaining that agency officials were committed to traveling to Alaska and working with Begich to address the ongoing situation with the VA. Begich sent a letter to Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson immediately after Secretary Shineki's resignation to ensure there was no gap in communication or focus on Alaska's veterans.
"I am proud of the progress we have made in Alaska and pleased to see our results viewed as a national model when it comes to providing better services and increasing access to care for our veterans, but there is always more work to do," said Begich. "I know the VA is in a period of transition, but our veterans simply cannot wait any longer. I am pleased to see the VA recognize this urgency and I will do whatever I can not only to continue making progress in Alaska, but to help veterans across the country receive the care they need."