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Thune wants release of VA wait times in South Dakota

VA Hospital, Sioux Falls, S.D. (VA.Gov)
VA Hospital, Sioux Falls, S.D. (VA.Gov)

Washington, DC (KELO-AM) South Dakota Senator John Thune (R) is asking the U-S Department of Veterans Affairs to release details of wait times for South Dakota veterans at VA hospitals. He wants to see how far the problem has spread.

South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem (R) says she has talked to South Dakota veterans and they tell her that wait times and scheduling are not as big a problem in South Dakota as they apparently are in other states.

The head of the Sioux Falls Health System will hold a summit meeting May 29th for all concerned stake holders in the system to discuss the scandal.

South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson (D) says $5 million has been added to the VA budget bill for a national investigation of VA wait times and scheduling.