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VA endorses recommendations for veterans' care in NH

Manchester VA Medical Center
June 20. 2018 10:22PM

MANCHESTER — Reassuring veterans that he would continue putting their needs first, Acting VA Secretary Peter O’Rourke last week announced his agreement with the Manchester VA Medical Center’s response to the Special Medical Advisory Group (SMAG) recommendations regarding future health care delivery for veterans in New Hampshire.

After criticisms about conditions at the VAMC in August, the VA announced it would develop a task force to address the future of veterans’ health care in the state.

The SMAG recommendations describe full-service health care delivery for New Hampshire veterans.

“Establishing the VA New Hampshire Vision 2025 Task Force (a subcommittee of SMAG) was part of VA creating the right environment for veterans at the Manchester VAMC,” O’Rourke said. “VA is proud to concur with the thoughtful input we have received to enhance the veteran experience in New Hampshire. Our Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is going to take the lessons learned and incorporate the best practices across our VA medical centers to ensure all are performing at the level we see here in New Hampshire.”

The VA New Hampshire Vision 2025 Task Force, which is made up of multi-disciplinary subject matter experts from the local medical community, as well as veterans and VA officials, has analyzed data and solicited input from veterans and other key stakeholders to learn how to best address the needs of veterans in the state.

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