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VETERANS: Congress helped create VA crisis

Letter by P.J. Nuccio, Lakewood on June 11, 2014 at 1:44 pm with No Comments »
June 11, 2014 2:37 pm

Congress has no compunction about burdening the Department of Veterans Affairs with new responsibilities, new requirements and new programs without targeting funding for the time, money and personnel these require.

Your article (TNT, 6-10) states that the local VA’s wait is 59 days for an initial visit  vs. a VA goal of 14 days. That goal is ludicrous in view of the VA’s chronic physician shortage. That said, the goal will be met. The public uproar must be quelled.

The VA brought about this predicament by gaming the system. As Congress bloviates from the sidelines, the VA will resolve the problem by the only means available to it: It will game the system a different way.

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