VA Secretary: ‘Veterans Love the Care They Get at the VA’

“There’s disciplinary action the FBI takes. There’s well over 100 people being investigated right now for scheduling issues,” he said.

The FBI investigation began last year.

McDonald said accountability is about “much more” than just firing people.

“Accountability is also the fact that when I came in, I found the doctors’ salaries were 20 percent below the market so we raised the salary bands,” he said.

McDonald noted that in 2014, the aging of the veteran population put tremendous stress on the system. He argued that the VA must build the capability to treat the veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq for the next 20-30 years.

“If we don’t build that capability today, we won’t have it,” he said.

He was asked to name to the most interesting fact about the VA.

“We’re still serving about 100 descendants of the Spanish-American War,” McDonald said.

“It doesn’t go away. The war doesn’t end. VA doesn’t become unessential.”