At Senate Committee Hearing, Veterans Discuss Wait Times

PASADENA — Georgia Hernandez says her father’s medical care at VA clinics in recent months had been mired by long wait times for appointments that left him with no other option than to seek care at a Houston hospital.

It was there that doctors discovered George Barraza, a Vietnam War veteran, had liver cancer and that he was suffering from hepatitis C and cirrhosis. After doctors ran several tests and sent Barraza and his daughter back to the VA, they were told to come back two months later, but Barraza died before his appointment.

“He served honorably in both the ...

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