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Togus Officials say Most Veterans Getting Timely Service

AUGUSTA, Maine - The director of the veterans' health care system in Maine says 99 percent of patients can get medical appointments within 30 days.

Ryan Lilly says additional staff has helped reduce wait times. "We're up about 45 staff throughout this fiscal year, so that's since October first, we've added about 45 staff, most of those in direct care positions, serving patients, improving access."

Lilly says patients who need specialty care tend to wait longer for appointments, but that the VA is committed to improving access. Nationally, the VA has come under fire recently for long wait times.