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VA fumbles the ball with local veteran

Magnussen discusses encounter with new program


Last updated 1/7/2016 at 8:45pm

Havre Daily News/Roger Miller

Rick Magnussen poses for a photograph last Thursday in front of Hi-line Funeral Services of Montana in Havre. Magnussen had some trouble working with the U.S. Veterans Administration getting an eye appointment in Havre, although the difficulties have been resolved and his appointment set.

Rick Magnussen was frustrated. He was having trouble seeing why it was taking so long for the Veterans Choice Program to schedule eye and ear exams for him. The 64-year-old veteran had been trying to get his eyes and ears checked for about 100 days.

Magnussen got his VCP member card in the mail Oct. 26, after someone from a Veterans Affairs office suggested he enroll in the program so he could get appointments made faster. The VA was backed up, he was told.

The VCP is a VA offshoot program implemented in 2014 to help correct the gross malfeasance that put the VA in the national spotligh...

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