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VA should fund care from vets' family doctors

2014-06-10T00:00:00Z 2014-06-10T09:16:08Z VA should fund care from vets' family doctors The Billings Gazette
June 10, 2014 12:00 am

The VA secretary should immediately authorize and allow veterans to go to their family doctor or, if they do not have one, to any medical doctor in their community.

I do not know the exact number of veterans in the USA — perhaps 20 million, starting with World War II to the present. The VA system cannot handle this number in a timely manner.

A rancher does not try to put 200 cattle into a pen that holds 20 head. The rest have to wait. My home is Antelope, 500 miles from Fort Harrison in Helena. I go to my family doctor in Plentywood, eight miles away, for medical care.

I am a veteran who served four years in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, from January 1951 to January 1955. I am presenting living in a retirement facility in Plentywood.

Kurt Ueland


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