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Obama says services for veterans still need work

Published 01/08/2016 | 19:36

President Barack Obama speaks at the 95th National Convention of Disabled American Veterans in Atlanta (AP)
President Barack Obama speaks at the 95th National Convention of Disabled American Veterans in Atlanta (AP)

President Barack Obama says the United States. has made serious progress in improving services for veterans, but people should still be outraged about shortcomings and work to make things even better.

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President Obama addressed the annual convention of the Disabled American Veterans in Atlanta.

He said it is his final major address to veterans as president.

Mr Obama said Veterans Affairs has hired more doctors and clinicians since the scandal over long wait times for VA services.

He added that services are reaching more veterans who live in rural areas through telemedicine. And he praised progress in extending services to disabled and female veterans.

The president said there are still too many suicides among veterans - and he is asking Congress to provide more funds for mental health care.

Mr Obama also said the VA claims processing backlog must be further reduced.

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