President-Elect Trump promises to transform the VA

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - On this Veterans Day, men and women who have served our country gathered to remember at the World War II Museum.

"Many have gone on tours away from their families, and they are the pride of our country," veteran Neal Hise said.

With so much sacrifice, the veterans are hopeful for the future of the country. They're optimistic that President-Elect Donald Trump will bring about the changes he promised on the campaign trail.

"I am very hopeful that day will come. I know a lot of guys with PTSD. They're suffering, and I do hope changes will come to our system," veteran Carlos Pearse said.

"Over the last few years, we've found out about and exposed a scandal at the VA where they weren't taking care of our veterans, and frankly, we still have some problems within the VA nationally that have to be fixed," Congressman Steve Scalise said.

In Trump's 100-day plan, he pledged to transform Veterans Affairs, provide them with state-of-the-art treatment and remove corrupt and incompetent individuals. Congress recently passed legislation that allows the president to fire those people.

"The people that are responsible for the scandal at the VA, where people literally died waiting for care while the VA was lying to Congress about it should be fired, and not many have been," Scalise said.

Trump promised to treat veterans like victors and not victims. His comments come as the new VA hospital is set to open in New Orleans next Friday.

"Over a billion dollars have been spent to build that. It's going to be state of the art, and we need to make sure it's going to be run properly. I like what I've heard from the people that are going to be running that hospital that, at least, in the New Orleans region, our people will be getting the highest level of care," Scalise said.

"I have high hopes that he is going to clean up a lot of things in the VA and give the care to the veterans that they all deserve," Veteran John Flemming said.

Veterans agree that more must be done to take care of the people who fought for our freedom.

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