July 26, 2014 9:45 PM

EDITORIAL: A self-inflicted VA crisis we cannot afford

The headlines screamed from the pages of the nation’s newspapers. In November 2013, USA Today said, “Many veterans still wait weeks for mental health care.” The newspaper reported that while veterans were committing suicide at a rate of 22 per day, it took more than two weeks to get a first-time psychiatric appointment. Last month, The Washington Post reported that the Department of Veterans Affairs said more than 57,000 patients were waiting for their first visit. Alongside those reports are others that detailed veterans dying while waiting for care, VA employees coerced into falsifying documents to make the statistics look better, and myriad other issues.

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