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Hagan promises immediate steps in visit to Fayetteville VA

Posted June 23, 2014

Fayetteville VA Medical Center, VA hospital

— Senator Kay Hagan promised immediate action Monday for veterans during a visit to the Fayetteville VA Medical Center.

"After talking with Fayetteville VAMC staff and leadership, I believe there are some additional steps we can take immediately, including expediting the process for leasing additional space to accommodate veterans and examining more ways to ensure enough medical personnel are on hand to administer care," Hagan said.

Hagan, a Democrat, has family ties to the military and has made military issues a key component of her constituent service.

After a national audit of VA hospitals found that patients at the Fayetteville center wait longer than the average for appointments, she asked Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson to visit the hospital. He pledged $7.4 million in federal money to address the long wait times and ordered the hospital to hire temporary staff to deal with the backlog.

Hagan praised his support but said the VA has a long way to go. "Much remains to be done to restore the trust and faith of our veterans," she said.


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  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 25, 2014

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    It's right where her oath to work to uphold the laws of this land are.

    Abortion IS legal in this country. To not work to uphold that law would be against her oath of office.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 25, 2014

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    Republican AND Democratic Presidents AND most congressional members alike have been sticking their heads in the sand over VA needs since the inception of the VA.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 25, 2014

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    Were you equally upset with both Bushes, Reagan, Nixon...and the other Republican presidents?...because this has been going on for centuries.

  • Danny22 Jun 24, 2014

    Kay Hagan has just received $3,000,000.00 from Emily's List. Emily's List is a national group who support candidates who fight for abortion for any reason. Where are her ethical standards and where is her respect for life?

  • Joanne Batjer Jun 23, 2014

    something has to be done soon

  • Wake1 Jun 23, 2014

    Promises, promises......

  • Jon Gregory Jun 23, 2014

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    If that's true, why did she wait so long to toot her own horn?

    Election year garbage.

  • baldchip Jun 23, 2014

    Promises, promises,… must be an election year!!

    Obama made the same promises… he lied too!!

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 23, 2014

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    She's been personally helping several veterans that I know myself for at least 4 years - long before this election year came around.

  • sunshine1040 Jun 23, 2014

    And theses vets have been writting her staff for years about these problems and yes been helping on a 1 by 1 basis instead of addressing the problem just as John Edwards staff did and Senator Obama,s staff also handled them on a 1 on 1 basis instead of trying to find out the reason for the problem until somebody finally made enough noise to have the media pick up on it. Then our senators realise it was more then 1 or two vets having the same problem. Check history and you will find more vets needing service after every war or conflict the US has been involved in. So this increase the past few years was not unexpected.