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Oxnard VA Clinic’s Wait Times Show Improvement

A year ago, the clinic was identified in a congressional hearing by U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) as being one of the worst in the country at making appointments within 30 days.

Ventura County Star: A Year Later, Veterans Wait Less At Oxnard Clinic
Patients wait far less for appointments at an Oxnard Veterans Affairs clinic that a year ago struggled with staffing shortages and was considered among the worst in the nation for wait times, according to new VA records. In February, veterans who were returning patients at the clinic waited an average of six days past the date they requested for primary-care appointments, according to a new online wait time tracker that VA officials cite as a sign of change for the oft-criticized national health system. (Kisken, 4/19)

In other veterans' health care news —

The San Diego Union-Tribune: Paralyzed Vet Gets First 'Robotic Legs' From San Diego VA 
One minute, Lt. j.g. Brandon Myers was a hard-charging Navy officer gunning it through the Naval Special Warfare obstacle course in Coronado. The next minute, he was falling abruptly from from a vertical cargo net. He hasn’t felt his legs or pelvis since that hard landing. Now 28-year-old Myers is the first U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs patient in San Diego County to be issued a pair of robotic legs that allow him to walk fully upright again — if only for a few hours a day. (Steele, 4/19)

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