Secretary Bob McDonald spoke at the Brookings Institute on Monday. The question headlining the event was “Can the Department of Veterans Affairs be modernized?” McDonald’s first comment was “Absolutely, yes.”

McDonald’s message reiterated VA’s priorities and described the department’s pathway to success. He also took reminded the in-person and online audience of VA’s expansion and growth. Since McDonald took office, VA has added four million square feet of physical space, 1200 new doctors. 2300 new nurses, extended evening hours and more weekend hours.

“Not only can it be modernized—it’s already being modernized, and we’re already seeing the results,” he said.

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