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Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson speaks to reporters during a visit to the Baltimore VA Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland June 17, 2014. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan

VA needs $17.6 billion to clear wait times - acting head

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs needs $17.6 billion in additional funding over the next three years to eliminate long waiting times for veterans' healthcare appointments, the embattled agency's acting chief said on Wednesday.

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