Louisiana will get another crack at green-lighting two long-delayed Veterans Affairs medical clinics in Lafayette and Lake Charles, the Advocate is reporting.
A bill by Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders will get a hearing in the US Senate on Thursday. The bill would authorize the VA to lease space for 27 clinics nationwide, including the two in Louisiana.
Bad news for veterans in the New Orleans VA system: The average wait time for a new patient is 38.3 days, putting it among the 20 worst in the country, WWL-TV is reporting.
Less than 30 percent of new patients at in the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System see a doctor within two weeks of seeking care. Two weeks is the target set by the Veterans Administration.
The data was obtained by USA Today under a Freedom of Information Act request, and covers the period from October 2013 through March 2014.
Muddy roads will soon give way to asphalt and bare ground transformed with sod and landscaping as construction of the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery near Slidell enters its final stages.
The Times-Picayune reports the $8 million cemetery is scheduled to open in April. The 75-acre site is on the north side of Interstate 12 next to the Louisiana National Guard's Camp Villere in St. Tammany Parish.
When injured veterans returning to their homes from Iraq and Afghanistan weren’t finding the help they needed, one Northshore resident set out to correct the problem.
When Northshore resident Suzy McDaniel went on vacation with her husband, neither of them expected that she would be in a horseback riding accident. Nor did they imagine that the rehab from that incident would lead to the creation of an organization which would help men and women serving our country thousands of miles away.
Gov. Bobby Jindal says Veterans Affairs Secretary Lane Carson is retiring after four years, and his deputy will be interim secretary.
He says Carson opened and maintained service offices in every parish, made all Louisiana veterans and their spouses eligible to live in the department's five veterans' homes, and added a second veterans' cemetery. He also developed a program to help veterans who own small businesses get state contracts.