Veterans Affairs Says Agency Is Changing Troubled Culture

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The leader of the Department of Veterans Affairs says the agency is focusing on improving accountability and inclusiveness at its hospitals. Robert Wilkie, secretary of Veterans Affairs, made his comments Thursday after touring the Kansas City VA Medical Center, which has been the target of complaints and protests alleging minority employees have been discriminated against for years. Wilkie says changes in leadership at the Kansas City hospital have led to increasing satisfaction for employees and veterans at the facility. Civil rights organizations in Kansas City are pushing for changes at the hospital after numerous complaints from Black employees about harassment and discrimination.