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Vitter in Monroe to speak about Veteran Affairs

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News)- Veterans seeking treatment at V.A. run medical facilities shared their frustrations with Sen. David Vitter.

Gary Littleton knows first hand about the mishandling of veterans in the V.A. system.
"A man might come in for c and p is what they call it, and then it may take them six to eight months later until they call him back," Littleton said.

Gary has been  dealing with the V.A. since the 80's, and says the road hasn't been easy.

"This is making trips back and forward to Shreveport. I got transferred to Jackson going back and forward, to Jackson doing appointments," Littleton said.

Nationally the V.A. has been in the spot light for unsanitary clinics, unsatisfactory wait times, and poor service.

These veterans say it is much the same at facilities in Monroe, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, and Jackson.

The Senate passed a bi partisan bill three weeks ago that will benefit veterans, especially those in Louisiana.

"It will give the new leadership of the V.A. the authority they need to actually quickly fire people who are incompetent," Sen. Vitter said.

The new bill will also offer a choice card to veterans, giving them an opportunity to see their own private physicians. Gary believes private doctors will not be on board, because the v-a has done a poor job paying those bills in the past.

"These doctors have gotten to the point, where very few are willing to take a veteran," Littleton said.

Sen Vitter assured the group he's working to improve medical services to veterans on both a national and local level.
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