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  • Vets in rural Alaska have no access to basic federal health care

    Anchorage, Alaska (AP)

    Thousands of veterans living in rural Alaska have no access to standard health care from the Veterans Administration, according to testimony at a congressional hearing recently.

    The longstanding problem has returned to the fore as injured veterans return from Iraq and Afghanistan.

    “Some of our returning troops from Vietnam survived the bullets of the other side -- only to be killed by the bullets of red tape,” said Alaska Federation of Natives vice president Nelson Angapak, who served in the military during the Vietnam War. “The VA has absolutely no presence in rural Alaska. Absolutely none.”

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