Apr 12 2015

The lack of significant improvement in wait times, Tillis said, may be a result of an unanticipated caseload. The state’s population, since 2010, is estimated to have grown by about 400,000 people, according to U.S. Census data. The latest census data shows Raleigh as the 15th fastest growing municipality in the nation.

“There’s no question in my mind that we will to have to spend more money, if for no other reason than we’re just going to have a growing base of veterans that will need care,” he said…

…“Right now, with the way it’s written, you could be 35 miles away from a facility that wasn’t capable of serving your needs, but because it’s a VA facility that’s brick and mortar you couldn’t qualify for the choice program,” Tillis said.

Tillis said he asked directors at the VA facilities during his visit to find out how government bureaucracy might slow the speed at which veterans can receive care.

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