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Hawaii veterans talk doctor shortages in panel

U.S. Sen. Hirono is chairing an informational hearing on the state of VA health care in Hawaii U.S. Sen. Hirono is chairing an informational hearing on the state of VA health care in Hawaii

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Veterans are telling U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono they face a shortage of doctors on Maui, Molokai and the Big Island.

They told Hirono at a Tuesday hearing on Oahu that they face problems getting medical treatment across the islands.

Vietnam veteran Victor Croft calls the Veterans Affairs problems "a train wreck in slow motion." He says veterans have died for unknown reasons and that waiting to fix the problems is unacceptable.

Capt. Elisa Smithers of the Hawaii Army National Guard says she was sleeping in a closet to curb anxiety when she couldn't get treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Fred Ruge of the Maui Veterans Council says replacing doctors who leave takes longer in Hawaii.

Hirono says a bill pending in Congress includes funding to hire more health providers.

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