Shinseki: VA Pushing To Improve Vets’ Access To Care
New Hampshire Public Radio: VA Secretary Says He Is Pushing For Better Health Care Access For Vets
US Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki was in New Hampshire Tuesday to visit the site of the new Veterans Center in Hooksett. The new center, which will be completed in August, is part of an effort by the VA to help Vets gain better access to medical care and mental health counseling. Shinseki also discussed the new mobile Vet Center -- a van which will help Vets in rural New Hampshire and Vermont get connected to medical care through telemedicine and referrals as well as provide mental health counseling on site. Shinseki says a major problem for the VA is the huge backlog of benefit claims. Currently in New Hampshire Vets wait more than 6 months to get their claims processed (Gotbaum, 4/10).