Veterans Seeking Private Care Finding Delays Similar To VA System, Inspector Says
A program meant to provide private health care to help expedite treatment for veterans who were suffering long delays inside the VA health system is suffering from the same delays, the VA's watchdog says. And a veterans hotline meant to help those returning from service struggles without Pentagon funding.
Arizona Republic/USA Today:
Private Care For Vets Plagued By Delays, Say VA Inspectors
Inspectors for the Department of Veterans Affairs say a community-referral program designed to make private medical treatment available for veterans is plagued by delays in care, improper patient scheduling practices, cost overruns and other problems. The findings make it clear that former military personnel who have suffered stress and medical complications because of delayed treatment in VA medical centers are now encountering the same problems when they get referred by the VA for private care. (Wagner, 7/3)
The New York Times:
Veterans Hotline Tries To Survive Without Pentagon Funds
Since 2011, Vets4Warriors has fielded more than 130,000 calls from military personnel stationed around the world. The counselors say their military service and nonclinical approach help them form a bond with callers that can break down mistrust. Now the hotline faces its own problems. Though the program has been lauded as a model, the Pentagon has ended its funding as part of an effort to cut costs and streamline services. (Philipps, 7/4)