McAuliffe holds summit on veterans’ services as number of Va. veterans grows faster than other states

Posted at 2:14 PM, Nov 03, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-03 14:44:06-05

RICHMOND, Va. — As the number of veterans in Virginia continues to grow, Governor Terry McAuliffe gathered veterans affairs officials to discuss the access veterans have to services in the Commonwealth.

The summit took place at the Virginia War Memorial Monday morning. Attendees included Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs John Harvey and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Resources Bill Hazel.

Participants discussed several of the problems faced by Virginia’s VA, including the growth in demand for primary care and specialty services, and the need for more clinics in Richmond, Charlottesville, Hampton Roads and Fredericksburg.

Transportation needs in rural areas were also discussed.

The number of veterans in Virginia is growing faster than all other states, according to the governor’s office. At the same time, Virginia has the lowest number of VA hospitals and clinics per capita. Virginia has an estimated 800,000 veterans.