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VA head says 18 vets left off wait list have died

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PHOENIX — In a new revelation in the growing VA scandal, the organization’s acting head says that an additional 18 veterans whose names were kept off an official electronic Veterans Affairs appointment list have died.

Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson said Thursday that he would ask the inspector general to see if there is any indication those deaths were related to long wait times. If so, they would reach out to those veterans’ families.

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