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Military veterans from Kandiyohi County talk about the backlog of cases in the Department of Veterans Affairs during a meeting Thursday with staff from Sen. Al Franken’s office. Pictured are Dell Bjerketvedt, from left, Harley Capps, Lester Kaenel and Kandiyohi County Veterans Service Officer Trish Appeldorn. Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange

Willmar, Minn.-area veterans provide input on VA backlog and Sen. Franken's proposed solutions


WILLMAR - Area veterans with a long history of military service and leadership roles in veterans groups weighed in on Sen. Al Franken's proposals to speed up the delivery of veterans' benefits, reduce the backlog of claims and make medical care for rural veterans more accessible.

Franken has introduced two bills to address those issues, which stem from a backlog of cases in the Department of Veterans Affairs and long delays in veterans receiving benefits.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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