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Local veterans react to VA controversy

Americans got a long-awaited response from President Obama who met with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, Wednesday. The controversy stems from allegations that officials covered up a secret waiting list for Veterans in Phoenix, causing deadly delays.

President Obama spoke after meeting with Shinseki, saying he will not stand for any misconduct. "These men and women and their families are the best that our country has to offer, they've done their duty and they ask nothing more that this country does ours and we uphold our sacred trust for all who have served," said President Obama.

The number of Veterans Affairs facilities under investigation has expanded to 26. Last week, the Inspector General told a Senate Committee that ten facilities were being investigated.

FOX28 talked to Veterans in Michiana who say they've received care through the VA. They say their experience hasn't been a negative one.

 "Our VA organization here in the Michiana area is very efficient. Very thorough. We're getting all the services that we do need," says U.S. Army veteran, Donald Weiss.

Vietnam veteran, Ed Buras says, "Been very, very good to me. They've done well with me. I've never had to wait more than a week for an appointment. All the services I've had done."

Veterans say they're paying attention to what's happening in places like Phoenix. "They don't deserve to die. they deserve the right to prompt services that are needed for all our veterans," says Weiss. Buras adds, "I'm hoping what's happening now is just a local thing. I know they're investigating it and they'll come up with a solution for it."

Veterans say if an investigation finds wrong-doing, someone should be held accountable.

Weiss says, while he's received good care, accessibility to medical care for veterans, who don't get around easily, can always be better.

If you are a local veteran and have a specific complaint you'd like to file with the VA, click here.
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