New Jersey

NJ Vets Face Long Waits at VA Clinics, Especially in Vineland

Almost 6,000 medical appointments for veterans were delayed at least a month from September to February in the state, including at one Vineland clinic that fared particularly poorly.

A review of government data by The Associated Press shows that nearly 1 in 16 medical appointments at the VA clinic in Vineland involved a wait of a month or more.

But a lower percentage in New Jersey faced delays than long compared to the country overall.

About 2.3 percent of New Jersey veterans' appointments were delayed at least 31 days at one of the state's 16 Veterans Affairs facilities. Nationally, 2.8 percent waited that long.

The state's VA chief of staff, Dr. Steven Lieberman, says the agency was focused on access even before last year's scandals developed, leading Congress to send $16.3 billion to the department.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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