Special report: Serving Connecticut’s Veterans

A Special Report

Serving Connecticut’s Veterans

As a national scandal over long waits for medical appointments engulfed the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs this spring, The Mirror began to explore questions about how well the VA was serving Connecticut’s vets. We examined the wait times for care at VA facilities here; whether post-scandal reforms and budget increases will lead to better, more timely care; and whether the VA is making progress in preventing veteran suicides, a plague the agency has been grappling with for years. These issues are explored today in three stories, and in a video in which some veterans and their caregivers talk intimately about the struggles they face.
Suicide by veterans remains a daunting problem as VA struggles to improve care
by Ana Radelat
While there’s evidence some progress has been made, the situation remains daunting, and suicide remains a risk to those who have survived the perils of the battlefield.
A refuge and a resource for veterans
by Arielle Levin Becker
Mike McMinn (right) channeled his focus on his studies at Tunxis Community College, and that’s where he found a bridge between his military and civilian worlds: the Veterans’ OASIS, a lounge for service members on campus.
New reforms aim to fix problems in CT veterans care
by Ana Radelat
A scandal that broke this spring over long waits for medical appointments at some VA facilities nationally, and attempts to conceal those wait times, prompted a VA audit of its entire system. That audit found little wrong with wait times in Connecticut — but it did find other problems.

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