President Donald Trump's pick to run the Department of Veterans Affairs has pledged to improve access to health care in rural areas and decrease patients' wait times - all while protecting the agency from the threat of privatization.
Robert Wilkie, who faced the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Wednesday during his nomination hearing, has more than 20 years of experience serving the nation from home and abroad. Aside from being Trump's choice to lead the massive VA health system with its 1,700 centers that care for 9 million people, Wilkie currently serves as undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness for the Defense Department.
He's also a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve and is currently assigned to the office of the chief of staff.
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