Senator Tillis to visit Salisbury VA today

Senator Tillis to visit Salisbury VA today

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis (R) will visit the W.G. "Bill" Hefner Veterans Administration Medical Center on Friday, according to his office.

Tillis visited the VA Medical Center in Durham on Friday morning.

The visit comes just as a new report finds that many veterans are still having to wait to long for appointments in VA Medical Centers.

Since the problem was first exposed last year, politicians made lots of speeches and billions of dollars were promised, but 6 months of data compiled by the Associated Press not only shows the issue persists, it's especially acute here in the Carolinas.

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Nationally, 2.78% of VA patients between August 2014 and February 2015, had their care delayed more than 31 days. The data shows nearly 5%, or roughly 9600 patients were waiting for care at the VA Medical Center in Columbia. In Salisbury, North Carolina, 4.55%, more than 7-thousand patients had care delayed more than a month and in Fayetteville, the AP analysis shows some of the worst numbers in the country for VA Medical Centers. 7.73% percent, more than 10-thousand veterans were stuck on a waiting list.