(BIVN) – The United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie was on Hawaiʻi Island on Wednesday, where he delivered a keynote speech at the Western Governors’ Association 2018 Winter Meeting at the Fairmont Orchid.
Wilkie spoke of his department’s efforts to modernize record keeping and streamline the transition from active duty to civilian life. “”We are on the cusp of a transformative period,” Secretary Wilkie said.
“We are finally modernizing our electronic health system,” Secretary Wilkie said. “My father carried an 800-page paper record. After an agreement between VA and Defense Secretary James Mattis, we will launch a new interoperable health records system.”
Secretary Wilkie also had positive words for the Aloha State. “Hawaii is a great success story when it comes to veteran homelessness,” he said. “Governor Ige, you have been able to reduce homelessness among veterans by 13%. I thank all of your cooperation and the support you give to our veterans.”
The Western Governors’ Association conference continues today.