Veterans push for better medical services
The veterans exchanged information during a forum at Shea-Porter’s office Tuesday morning.
State Rep. Linda Massimilla, D-Littleton, who represents Littleton and Bethlehem, said she attended the event to talk to Shea-Porter about how state officials can help improve veterans’ services, especially to restore a full Veterans Affairs medical center in the state.
Shea-Porter welcomed Massimilla’s assistance and advised her to “call, beg, insist” that New Hampshire needs a full-service VA hospital or an equivalent program to care for veterans.
Shea-Porter said she re-introduced a bill to restore services again this year as New Hampshire was the only state to lose a full VA hospital.
Shea-Porter hoped to improve the figures.
“I’m thrilled about the 75 percent, but it means one in four is not getting the help they deserve,” Shea-Porter said, adding in the meantime, she was hoping to hear suggestions to make the process more efficient.
Currently, most patients receive treatment within 30 days.
“There’s certainly room for improvement,” Krueger said.
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