The Fond du Lac County Veterans Service Officer says he’s pleased to see action being taken to finally help thousands of military veterans who have endured long wit times for VA medical care. The Senate has approved a measure making it easier for veterans who’ve encountered delays getting initial visits to receive VA-paid treatment from local doctors instead. Fond du Lac County Veterans Service Officer Rick Patton says that makes sense to him. Patton says most local veterans get their medical care at the Appleton
out-patient clinic. A Veterans Affairs Department audit shows morethan 57,000 new applicants for
Care have waited at least three months for initial appointments and an additional 64,000 newly enrolled vets who requested appointments never got them. Patton says he believes it’s a systemic problem starting at the top.