Veterans applaud Ayotte, Shaheen for health care bill
Accompanied by her son Jacob, she arrived Friday afternoon at the Attitash Grand Summit hotel where through Sunday the department is holding its annual meeting and convention. (John Koziol/Union Leader Correspondent)
In the wake of reports that the Department of Veterans Affairs had secret "waiting lists" of people seeking care, most notably at the VA facility in Phoenix, both the House of Representatives and the Senate have passed bills to reform the VA and provide services to vets that had been delayed or denied.
On Friday afternoon, Ayotte addressed the Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of New Hampshire, which this weekend is holding its annual convention at the Attitash Grand Summit hotel, and she spoke about the effort in Congress to improve things at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
"Now you can get care at your doorstep," said McCabe, who today will be sworn in as commander to succeed Jim Golden.
Bill Ryan, a Lyndeborough resident who is the quartermaster of VFW Post 8641 in Merrimack, said he regularly has to travel more than 20 miles to get medical care in Manchester. He added that some veterans he knows are deterred by even that relatively short ride.
"In my humble opinion," said Ryan, "for 90 percent of the people in that room (at Attitash), it's going to be a good thing."
Ayotte later said another important provision of the bill is that it would hold people "accountable" for what she described as possible illegal behavior by some VA officials.
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