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Vets React to New VA Deal


DOVER, Del.- Change is coming for veterans across the nation after lawmakers reached a deal to fix the Department of Veterans' Affairs' System. The health program has been under scrutiny after long patient wait times and records covering up the delays. Some veterans on Delmarva say this deal is long overdue.

As Paul Davis looks at old photos he says he's had quite the journey serving our country.

"I served two years in South Vietnam. I was with the US Army," said Davis. "I was a communications specialist and returned back home at the end of 1965."

Since that time he has been relatively healthy. Fortunately, he has not had to go to a Veterans Affairs Facility.  He says as state president for the Vietnam Veterans of Delaware, he's had to deal with multiple complaints about the agency.

"I find it inexcusable that our veterans would be treated this way," said Davis. "This is not a new problem."

Davis was glad to hear of the changes coming to the VAs.

"I'm glad that the congressional people and the leaders of our country have now recognized that we have a very serious problem," said Davis. "This is not a little problem. This is a major issue."

A major issue now being recognized on a national platform.

Many say they couldn't believe the treatment vets were receiving for health care. They believe vets should be treated better than that and they were glad something was finally being done.

"I think it's awesome," said Carol Kruser of Dover. "I think we should do everything in our power to do whatever they need because they're fighting for us."

"You have to be entitled to something as an American citizen," said Earl Vick of Dover. "You say welcome to the good, the bad and the ugly. We're getting kind of ugly right now. But we should really take care of our vets."



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