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VA Extends Program Allowing Maine Veterans to Get Local Care

AUGUSTA, Maine - U.S Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald had some good news for those attending the annual Maine Military and Community Network conference:  He is extending the pilot ARCH program that allows veterans to get health care locally instead of driving to Togus.

The program was scheduled to end next month.  "So to address that challenge, I used an exception through the choice act to make sure veterans in Maine can continue to use the providers they use through project ARCH."

McDonald says the replacement program is not yet fully functional and he does not want veterans in rural areas like Maine to have any problems with continuing their care from local providers.

His move drew applause and was praised by members of the state's congressional delegation.