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VETERANS COULD GET HELP WITH MEDICAL CARE FROM CONGRESS

Mary Liz Nolan

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Thousands of military veterans who have had long wait times for VA medical care could get some help from Congress soon.

The senate is expected to vote Thursday on a measure making it easier for veterans who’ve encountered delays in getting visits to receive VA paid treatment from local doctors instead.  The Veteran Access to Care Act is co-sponsored by Representative John Barrow of Augusta.

The legislation comes on the heels of a Veterans Affairs Department audit showing that more than 57,000 new applicants for care have had to wait at least three months for initial appointments.  An additional 64,000 newly enrolled veterans who requested appointments never got them.  More than 100 veterans are still waiting for appointments at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta.