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Care of the na­tion’s mil­i­tary vet­er­ans has be­come a bat­tle­ground it­self, and one which has yielded ca­su­al­ties, col­lat­eral dam­age and re­vealed those miss­ing in ac­tion. In­ves­ti­ga­tions are un­der­way, much talk is in progress, re­ports loom.

“My fel­low vet­er­ans can’t wait the many months it may take to is­sue its re­port. They need an­swers, ac­count­abil­ity and lead­er­ship from this ad­min­is­tra­tion and Congress now,” Sen. John McCain pointed out in the Repub­li­can Party’s weekly ad­dress.

The Ari­zona Repub­li­can faulted the cul­ture within the Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs and the loss of its fo­cus on the pri­mary di­rec­tive to look af­ter those who have served their coun­try with honor.

“Congress must also give VA ad­min­is­tra­tors greater abil­ity to hire and fire those charged with car­ing for our vet­er­ans. Most im­por­tantly, we must give vet­er­ans greater flex­i­bil­ity in how they get qual­ity care in a timely man­ner,” Mr. McCain said. “Vet­er­ans have earned the right to choose where and when they get their med­i­cal care. And it is our re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure that they are af­forded this op­tion.”

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