Obama signs into law bill to boost VA medical care - The Denver Post
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Veterans who have waited at least a month for a medical appointment or who live at least 40 miles from a Veterans Affairs hospital or clinic will be able to see private doctors at government expense. Expanding the VA staff by hiring thousands of doctors, nurses and mental health counselors another key component of the law will take months to complete, and opening 27 new clinics across the country will take at least two years. "Implementing this law will take time," Obama acknowledged as he signed the bill at Fort Belvoir, an Army base in Virginia outside Washington. Service members, veterans groups and military leaders attended the ceremony, along with lawmakers from both parties.
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