Lawmakers claim that Wilkie's taxpayer-funded trips often mix official business with "overtly political activities."
The Riverside National Cemetery in California is the first to recognize Native American veterans.
He said the department "emotionally" serves veterans of all eras but has "adapted practically" to meet post-9/11 vets' needs.
"What I'm looking at is the Donald Trump I know. The Donald Trump who has turned around Veteran Affairs," Wilkie said.
"The words that brought us here should not be diluted, parsed or canceled," Wilkie said.
Sen. Joe Manchin called on the VA's IG and the Justice Department to provide answers on the alleged homicides.
As lawmakers pressure the VA to replace the headstones, VA Secretary Wilkie said he'd prefer to install explanatory markers.
About 28% of veterans who were given hydroxychloroquine plus usual care died, versus 11% of those getting routine care alone.
As of Wednesday, 1,600 VA employees were confirmed to have the COVID-19 coronavirus and 14 had died.
VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said he's been working nonstop to make sure the department is meeting veterans' needs during the...
The deadly riot in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 attracted a variety of far-right extremists who shared a devotion to Trump.
The Humvee was stolen from a National Guard Armory in a Los Angeles suburb.
The proposal to expand military exchange shopping privileges had been expected to be finalized in late 2020.
Many survivors will see at least $400 more in their Feb. 1 annuity payments.
Typically, about half of each class washes out during the final apprentice course because of its demanding nature.