By Jeremy Herb - 04/19/12 09:27 PM EDT
The hires come amid reports of long wait times for veterans at VA facilities for mental health care, which Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Patty Murray (D-Wash.) says will be documented in an Inspector General report that he requested, which will soon be released.
“I am pleased that the VA has taken this desperately needed step toward providing timely access to mental health care,” Murray said. “Too often we have seen staff vacancies, scheduling delays and red tape leave those veterans who have been brave enough to seek help in the first place left with nowhere to turn.”
“These are wounds that cannot wait,” Miller said.
Miller said Shinseki’s announcement was “a start,” but added, “there is much more, however, that VA needs to do to address gaps in services and ensure veterans undergoing treatment are not lost in the system.”