Warner says he welcomes ideas from Trump on V.A. reform

13News Now Mike Gooding has the story

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Virginia Senator Mark Warner says he's "all-ears" when it comes to President-elect Donald Trump -- especially if it involves improving the V.A.

Warner says he's looking forward to hearing what ideas Trump may have for improving care, and speeding up service.

Warner told the crowd at Old Dominion University's Veterans Day ceremony that taking care of the 18 million men and women who've served in the armed forces needs to be an on-going effort.

He said he is looking forward to hearing from President-elect Trump on this score.

"I owe him and I think we all owe him the benefit of the doubt as he comes in," he said. "I'm prepared to work with him," said Warner.

The Democrat has focused the last two and a half years on improving medical care at the Department of Veterans Affairs, concentrating his efforts on the Hampton V.A. Medical Center.

He says he's eager to learn what Trump's game plan for the V.A. is.

"We've seen some progress," he said. "More needs to be made. And changing the V.A. is a time consuming process when you move an organization this big. If President-elect Trump has got ideas, I welcome those ideas. At the end of the day, we're going to be measured by what kind of service we provide to those veterans this obligation that we all owe."

During the campaign Trump offered a 10-point plan to reform the V.A. Its central tenant was to "Ensure our veterans get the care they need wherever and whenever they need it."


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