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Veteran Affairs Town Hall Meeting

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By Paul Johnson

Phoenix, Arizona (CNN) - More than 200 people, including dozens of veterans, packed an American legion post in Phoenix Tuesday night.
They sought answers to problems of delayed care within the phoenix v-a health care system.
The local v-a system has been rocked by allegations that 40 veterans died while awaiting care and that medical-appointment wait times were manipulated.
Before the the meeting, the acting director of the system told reporters his job was to restore the medical center.
He said while he's only been on the job for two days, he sees no immediate need to hire more primary care doctors to shorten wait times for appointments.
Some veterans have complained that it takes months to see a primary care doctor.
The acting director urged veterans having difficulty getting an appointment to contact the Phoenix VA's patient advocacy program.


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