Relief arrives for Arizona vets


POSTED: Friday, June 13, 2014 - 7:00pm

UPDATED: Friday, June 13, 2014 - 7:09pm

Veterans who had trouble getting appointments at scandal-plagued Arizona hospital are finally getting treatment. Krystle Hender

(KPNX) Arizona veterans are facing some of the longest wait times for medical care in the country, according to an audit by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which also shows some patients have been waiting years for an appointment.

Northern Arizona VA Health Care System in Prescott and its clinics in Flagstaff and elsewhere are among the 112 facilities flagged for further review in the audit.

Veteran Michelle Hagan is among those who's had trouble getting an appointment.

"I went in for a compensation disability, I wasn't able to get an appointment for over a year and a half," she says.

She injured her back while serving in the Air Force. Now she's trying to get medical care for herself and her two children.

"It's sickening, it's sad and also scary," she said.

Hagan isn't alone. Marine Corps veteran Cody Dulaney is also on the waiting list.

"It's just I've gotten to the point where I've given up and sought help elsewhere," Dulaney told us. "It can just really take a year or more to have them accomplish anything."

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