Durham VA holds open house for concerns about health care

Durham VA meeting on Tuesday.

DURHAM, NC (WNCN) — The Durham VA held its quarterly open house Tuesday night for veterans to come and ask questions and share concerns about care.

The Durham VA covers a 27 county area – including Raleigh and Greenville.

The patient workload is up 41 percent since 2004.

Leaders say space is the biggest issue… and have added new sites in Greenville and Raleigh.

They say staffing is not an issue in Durham – and that 1200 additional staff members have been added in the past two years.

Tuesday night’s forum was the fourth since they began in Durham last September.

WNCN talked with a man who serves in The Air Force Reserve who came for the first time.

“My main reason for coming is just concern for vets getting proper care and the proper care on time. Like some of the gentlemen expressed, a lot of the vets are getting care, but it’s delayed care,” said Keith Lawrence who serves in Air Force Reserve

According to numbers provided by the VA – 89 percent of patient appointments are scheduled in 30 days or under….. And 94 percent are completed in 30 days or under.

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