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Local VA Officials Answer Your Questions

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced a plan for major changes in the speed of veteran care. This statement comes in advance of an inspector general’s report on the situation at the Phoenix VA hospital, where there were significant delays in care, and scheduling records were manipulated. Since that scandal broke in […]

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced a plan for major changes in the speed of veteran care. This statement comes in advance of an inspector general’s report on the situation at the Phoenix VA hospital, where there were significant delays in care, and scheduling records were manipulated.

Since that scandal broke in late May, the VA has sent more than 190,000 veterans to private doctors at a Congressionally approved $17 billion price tag, and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned, replaced by Robert McDonald.

We consider the impact of this nationwide turmoil on regional offices like the one here in Houston. We also discuss how we care for Houston’s veteran population. From health care services to employment and beyond, we welcome your questions for the director of the Houston Veterans Affairs office, and the Chief of Medicine at Michael E DeBakey VA Medical Center.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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