The Department of Veterans Affairs has proposed allowing veterans to get their government-sponsored care at private hospitals and clinics if government-run facilities are not nearby or the waiting list for treatment is long.

Sounds like a good idea.

There have been numerous reports in recent years of VA hospitals not seeing patients quickly. Besides that, transportation can be an obstacle for people who live in rural areas, such as Greenwood.

Furthermore, rural hospitals, which are struggling across the country, could use the extra business that treating veterans would bring.

Plus it might save the taxpayers some money.

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