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Locals have no problems with Minn. VA Clinics

WILLMAR -- In the wake of Veterans Affairs Secretary Shinseki's resignation from his position due to what he calls "indefensible systematic problems," VA clinic's practices are being called into question across the U.S.

WILLMAR - In the wake of Veterans Affairs Secretary Shinseki’s resignation from his position due to what he calls “indefensible systematic problems,” VA clinic’s practices are being called into question across the U.S.
The scandal involves wait-lists being misrepresented by certain VA clinics around the U.S. so that employees at the clinics would continue to receive cash benefits. Military veterans are left waiting too long for needed care subsidized by companies that take care of veterans.
“The care I’ve received at the Minneapolis VA clinic has been first class,” said U.S. Air Force veteran and Willmar City Councilman Jim Dokken. “Are there problems? Absolutely, but it is a big system and there are bound to be problems. The people responsible should be held accountable. However, I have not seen any of those problems manifest themselves here in Minnesota.”
Dokken uses the VA clinic in Minneapolis on an annual basis and has done so since 1991. He has had multiple surgeries for pre-existing conditions as well as preventative measures to stop malignant tumors.
“I can speak for myself and all my friends who are veterans in the area and they have only ever had good things to say about the VA clinics in St. Cloud and Minneapolis and the Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Montevideo,” said Dokken.
While most local experience has been positive, it does not discredit bad experiences that any veteran has had. Action is being taken in Washington: “We don’t have time for distractions. We need to fix the problem,” Obama said.

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