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very year after the president’s “State of the Union” speech, the Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs gives he VA’s “State of VA.” Normally it is where the Secretary will proclaim the department’s successes from the previous year and outlines their priorities in the coming year.

This year, Secretary Robert Wilkies touted:

  • A 16% increase in the female veteran community who enrolled in VA services since becoming secretary.
  • Leading the White House’s PREVENTS Task Force.
  • Cutting 8,000 VA employees in 2019 who did not meet the secretary’s performance standards.
The Secretary’s priorities for the upcoming year include:
  • MISSION ACT: Expanding caregiver benefitsto those that served before 1975.
  • Suicide Prevention: Help charities, nonprofits, local and nongovernmental organizations find the 60% of the “20 veterans a day” who have no contact with VA.
  • Roll out the Electronic Health Record: Providing a paperless healthcare transition from DoD to VA.
  • Continue to develop and lead in medical research and development.
  • Create the first hospital that will fully employ the power of 5G technology.
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