Middle Tennessee Veterans Face Longest Wait Times For Care

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Middle Tennessee Veterans Face Longest Wait Times For Care

CREATED Jun 2, 2014
by Todd Walker

NASHVILLE, Tenn – Veterans in Middle Tennessee face the longest waiting periods for care in the country.

The Veterans Administration has been embroiled in scandal for weeks now.

According to data from the Department of Veterans Affairs, veterans in Middle Tennessee wait on average double the amount of time to see a doctor than the rest of the nation.

USA Today obtained the numbers through a public records request.

VA Hospitals, nationwide, missed the target wait period of 14 days to see a doctor by nearly double: 27 days for an appointment.

In Nashville and Murfreesboro, it was more than double that at 65 days, which equates to one of the longest average waits in the nation.

Bruce Bailey, a veteran service representative for Operation Stand Down, is also a veteran and recently waited more than 60 days for an appointment.

Bailey said he was not surprised by the numbers.

"I believe it's going to take time," he said. "I believe there's a lot of broken parts with the VA. Just like anything, they're going to need some help they're going to need some backup."

Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, which runs the VA facilities in Nashville and Murfreesboro, did not return a request for comment.

On Friday, the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, resigned as part of the VA scandal fallout.

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