Audit reveals new depth to Veterans Affairs controversy

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Updated: 6/09 1:10 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- An audit of hundreds of Veterans Affairs facilities nationwide released Monday revealed more than 63,000 veterans are waiting to be scheduled for care.

The internal audit provides a more complete picture of the widespread problems the agency's health care facilities are experiencing. Preliminary findings released last month led to the resignation of former Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

According the these most-recent findings, a 14-day deadline will be imposed in providing care to newly enrolled veterans such as those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, a goal deemed "simply not attainable" due to growing demand and lack of capacity.

How did Nevada perform in the audit? According to findings, the average wait time for a new VA patient in Reno is approximately 53 days, while average wait time for an established patient is approximately 15 days.

For a summary of the audit, click here. To access the full report, click here.
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