Veterans see VA scandal as key in Congress races

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The military veterans hanging out in USO-like comfort at a community college near Fort Bragg have a universal demand for politicians running for Congress – fix problems at medical centers run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The vets busy with earning degrees or trade certifications, like most people, start thinking about the upcoming elections around Labor Day. They can vote in two of the country’s most watched congressional races.

The race between Democrat Kay Hagan and Republican Thom Tillis will help determine which party controls the Senate. Former entertainer Clay Aiken is challenging incumbent Republican Renee Ellmers for the House.

Afghanistan veteran Mark Waller says he doesn’t know whether lack of funding by Congress or mismanagement by the Obama Administration is more to blame for the VA scandal.

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