Walz checks in on area VA clinics

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The VA has been facing some heat lately over alleged wait time issues and a “secret waiting list” in Phoenix.

The alleged issues are taking place in Phoenix, but U.S. Rep. Tim Walz wants to make sure everything is up to par in our area. He collected data to see if the issues are happening here.

“If that is not happening in other places, what is happening there and how do we ensure that those wait times are not only taken down, but what I’m asking for is, what were the safeguards in place here that stopped it from happening?” Walz said.

At this point, he said 98 to 99 percent of the time things are meeting or exceeding the requirements in our area.

“These county veterans’ service officers and VSOs like the Legion, the DAV, the VFW, they have access to the director, they have access to these numbers and so, they’re always right there. So this oversight, I would argue, has been happening,” Walz said.

He said these allegations are disheartening, disappointing and make him very angry.

He tells us that he will release the data he has received as soon as they are able.

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