State officials step up to help Texas vets get medical care through the VA
POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 5:45pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 6:08pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — Texas Governor Rick Perry and the Texas Veterans Commission are planning to take matters into their own hands when it comes to the VA crisis. Soon Texas veterans will find some hope in getting the medical care they need.
Victor Polanco, Special Liaison for the Heath Care Strike Force Team for the Veterans Commission of Texas says, "We're going to go and speak for the veterans, we're going the be the voice for the veterans, and we're going to be able to explain to them hey, we need to get this done, this is what (he's) been waiting on so can we get this scheduled or can we get them referred to somebody, that's what we're going to do in this program."
Governor Perry and the state Veteran Commission are creating a Health Care Strike Force Team placing 14 assigned Texas veteran health care liaisons across the state to aide veterans receive speedy medical care though the V.A. system. Polanco says, "We have an 800 number, 1-800-252-VETS, set up and they can call that 800 number and have contact with the call center there and we will get in contact with them and find out and get more information from them about what the issues are and how we can assist at that point." State officials say it was important for them to get something done *now* for the vets in texas, and not wait for the federal government to come with a plan."We are here for the veterans of Texas and we're going to be here to serve them and take care of their needs,” Polanco says.
For more information visit: http://www.tvc.texas.gov/