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On Veteran’s Day: VA Head Says Things Have Improved, Harper Promises to Keep Working

WASHINGTON, D.C.–More people may be disciplined in the years-long Veterans Administration scandal where some people may have died waiting on appointments. Mississippi’s facilities got plenty of complaints both before and after that scandal broke, but there may have been some improvements over the past year.

“From June to September, we’ve completed over one million more appointments in our facilities than in the same months last year,” said VA Sec. Robert McDonald, Monday. He said more than a million veterans now also have better access to health care outside VA facilities.

“A 46 percent increase over last year,” he said.

McDonald said more than a thousand more employees may get some kind of discipline related to the scandal.

In Mississippi, Rep. Gregg Harper (R-3rd District), said last week when he was re-elected, that he plans to continue to fight for Mississippi’s veterans.

“We’re going to continue to make sure that they get the treatment that they deserve when they have medical needs,” he said. “That’s a way that we say thank you for the commitment that they’ve made.”

Harper led a tour of VA facilities in the weeks following the scandal breaking.

Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-4th District) held hearings for Mississippi’s veterans in the southern part of the state to talk about problems they’ve had at federal facilities.

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