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Walz looks into VA wait times

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May 15, 2014 at 4:49 am

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Congressman Tim Walz says there is no evidence of a "secret wait list" at Minnesota VA clinics. But Walz says he is pursuing a "full accounting" of the medical scheduling process used at VA clinics in the state.

Walz says he is a strong ally of the Veterans Administration but also a harsh critic when warranted. The Minnesota Democrat, who's a member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, made his comments at the Mankato VA clinic Wednesday.

A former clinic director for the VA in Phoenix alleges that up to 40 veterans may have died while awaiting treatment at the Phoenix hospital, and that staff created a secret system to hide delays in treatment.

Walz called the Phoenix allegations "an abomination."

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