"I was able to present to the Congress the largest budget in the history of our department," Wilkie said Monday on "Mornings With Maria." "We have opened the aperture so that we are now part of an integrated American health care network."
Wilkie said since the Mission Act launched in June, the VA has sent more than 2 million veterans into the private health care sector.
"We are offering them choice in the medical marketplace, and we now have, thanks to the president and thanks to choice, the highest veterans satisfaction rate in our history. We're sitting at about 89.7 percent"
According to a recent Veterans of Foreign War survey, 90 percent of its members said they go to the VA for their health care.