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      House Committee on Veterans' Affairs
      Health
    IntroducedFebruary 6th, 2013

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Title

Meeting the Inpatient Health Care Needs of Far South Texas Veterans Act of 2013

Official Title

To require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to ensure that the South Texas Veterans Affairs Health Care Center in Harlingen, Texas, includes a full-service Department of Veterans Affairs inpatient health care facility.

Summary

Meeting the Inpatient Health Care Needs of Far South Texas Veterans Act of 2013 - Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to: (1) ensure that the South Texas Veterans Affairs Health Care Center in Harlingen, Texas, includes a full-service VA inpatient health care facility; and (2) if needed, modify the existing facility to meet this requirement. Requires the Secretary to report on specific actions to be taken to satisfy such requirement.
    Veterans must be a priority. As a full time caregiver to my husband, I've spent countless hours with him in the VA hospitals. I've talked to many veterans and their caregivers who have traveled 4+ hours or more to receive care. Sometimes, just to arrive to the VA hospital/outpatient clinic to be told that their appointment had to be rescheduled. That is horrible care. We need to make sure that veterans in rural areas are taken care of. If that means one or two more clinics, a hospital, or whatever need to be established then so be it. Take care of our veterans.
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