Waiting times at the two Veterans Affairs medical centers in Minnesota are considerably lower than the worst trouble spots in the VA system, new audit data released Monday show. The average wait time for a patient seeking primary care for the first time is 28 days at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center and 25 days at the St. Cloud center, the data show. But the waits are much shorter for established patients who are already in the VA system — three days at Minneapolis and two days at St. Cloud.
There is increasing pressure on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign. A new report from the VA’s inspector general says hundreds of veterans are awaiting care at a VA hospital in Phoenix. The average wait time is almost four months for a first appointment.
Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken is calling on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign.
While the shutdown lingers across the nation, local veterans affairs offices are off-limits to the public. “Veterans obviously are wondering, ‘Where do I go?’ It’s continuous,” Tom Hanson said.
More furloughs for federal workers in Minneapolis Tuesday as the shutdown entered its eighth day. The union representing veterans service workers says 148 employees were notified they would be sent home as a result of the shutdown.
Minnesota Second District Congressman John Kline joined Dave Lee on the WCCO Morning News Wednesday
The number of homeless veterans dropped nearly 53 percent from 2009 to 2012.
Top Minnesota veterans officials say the state may be forced to close veterans’ homes if Republican budget cuts are enacted. That claim has GOP leaders up in arms.
Larry Shellito has been confirmed by Minnesota’s Senate as state Veterans Affairs commissioner.
It took less than 10 minutes for Larry Shellito to win the backing of a Minnesota Senate committee, which recommended he be confirmed as state Veterans Affairs commissioner.
Two administrators at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Hastings are on paid leave and one person has been fired amid allegations of retaliation against patients.