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Veterans frustrated by long delays in opening of new VA hospitals
Veterans frustrated by long delays in opening of new VA hospitals

It was a day of shiny shovels and high hopes on that hot August morning in 2009. Politicians and dignitaries beamed at the cameras and congratulated themselves for finally breaking ground on a new medical facility dedicated to veterans, at the time projected to be the largest of its kind in the nation. "Today is the beginning of a promise being fulfilled," said Rep. Ed Perlmutter, whose district would hold the hospital. Colorado's governor at the time, Bill Ritter, was there. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki, who resigned May 30, hoisted a shovel that day. Vietnam War veteran Artie Guerrero, wounded in combat and in a wheelchair from multiple sclerosis, had been...

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