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Veterans get more access to urgent care and private doctors

Posted at 9:25 PM, Jun 06, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — As D-Day is commemorated across the country, a new plan going into effect this week will let more veterans see private doctors and even go to urgent care centers -- something that largely wasn't covered by the VA before.

The change means the V.A. will also cover the costs of veterans to see non-VA doctors, if they have to wait more than 20 days for an appointment, or if they live more than a half-hour from their doctor.

"It's good to hear and see the VA is listening," said John Krenson of Operation Stand Down Tennessee. "They're trying and evolving, and who knows what this will lead to, but I think it will be another level, the next step, a positive direction."