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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Recent news reports that more than 40 veterans died while waiting for care from the Phoenix Veterans Administration Hospital shocked many.
But Californian columnist Lois Henry said Wednesday on "First Look with Scott Cox" that nothing was new.
"This has been going on for many years," she said.
As veterans are waiting their turn to get an appointment with the VA, many are dying. Henry said she spoke with several local veterans and former VA employees who have their own thoughts on the situation.
Henry said she was told that part of the problem is training and having the right people in the right positions.
She went on to give an example of a Bakersfield optometrist who only had one eye exam room to work from because the other was old with broken equipment.
He was supposed to see 2,000 vets who needed their eyes checked.
"You need a quality assurance person to see where the obstacles are, because there are just so many," Henry said.
However, some of the veterans Henry talked t, told her that once you get access into the VA's actual medical service, it's top-notch.