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Veterans fight for health care options closer to home

Veterans fight for health care options closer to home

The Veterans Administration Choice Act, signed into law about a year ago, was supposed to ease backlogs in care for veterans by opening access to non-VA treatment options. But, advocates say, the VA could be doing a much better job providing health care to Northwest Indiana veterans by allowing them to use their benefits locally. Walt White, a 71-year-old Portage resident, suffered a stroke in November that immobilized his left arm and leg and affected his speech. A veteran of the Marine Corps, Naval Reserves and Army National Guard, White was treated at a Chicago hospital before being transferred to a Merrillville nursing home. Since December, he's received physical therapy...

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