VA Secretary Wilkie makes first trip to Atlanta

(Source: WGCL)

Robert Wilkie made his first visit to Atlanta since becoming the Secretary of Veteran Affairs in July.

Before visiting the Atlanta VA, Wilkie stopped by America's Warrior Partnership Symposium at the Omni Hotel. Wilkie spoke to veteran organizations there about the newly passed Mission Act. Wilkie said the act will provide more access to healthcare for veterans.

Later in the day, Wilkie joined Senator Johnny Isakson at the Atlanta VA. Wilkie and Isakson said the VA needs to provide better customer service to veterans and that steps are already being taken to do just that.

On the way to meeting Wilkie, my photographer and I met a homeless veteran. So I also asked Wilkie what he'll do for those homeless veterans. He said he wants to put more programs in place to help vets with mental health and opioid addictions, along with working with cities to find out where the homeless veterans are.

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