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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As President Obama promises to fix problems with the Department of Veterans Affair, veterans we spoke with in Wilmington said they are certainly concerned about what’s happening with the VA.

While the VA hospital and clinics in our area are not under investigation, veterans who use them say there are still improvements that could be made. They say it takes too long to get appointments, and staff turnover is fairly high, though that pales in comparison to what’s happening at other hospitals.

“I think people need to be held much more responsible,” Marine Corps veteran Duck McCambridge said. “To hide all that stuff that’s blatant fraud, to do that not only to deny the veterans the coverage, but to wait for them to die.”

The president has promised a thorough investigation into exactly what happened.

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  • bilp

    Good luck on Odumbo getting to the bottom of it. He probably doesn’t know what VA stands for.

  • guesty

    He knows it is the abbreviation of one of the “57” states, one left to go.

  • truthseeker

    Long appointments, or no appointments is SOP for VA. Locally you hardly get them to answer the phone much less make an appt. I tried to make an appt. for a medical problem on Monday 5-19 and was told a nurse would call me that day. Today is 5-22 and still waiting for the call. VA here since starting with them in 1988 has always been slow, unconcerned and a big bureaucracy that does not serve Veterans. It is a travesty that men and women wounded in service to their country get the run around and are a victim of VA’s follies.


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