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As VA Crisis Unfolds, Sanders Plays Key Role

J. Scott Applewhite
Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders stands in defeat after a divided Senate derailed Democratic legislation providing $21 billion for medical, education and job-training benefits for the nation's veterans, on Feb. 27, 2014.

The Veterans Administration has been reeling from accusations that some VA facilities intentionally obscured the long wait times that veterans face when they attempt to access health care. As chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Sanders has an influential role in developing a solution to the VA scandal. 

This week Sanders is introducing legislation to deal with the backlog of veterans waiting for care, and to dismiss administrators who hid the problems. Sen. Sanders is our guest for a live interview to discuss the problems with the VA, and his proposal to solve them.

Tell us what contact your family has had with VA health care, and what you think of the problems that have been uncovered. Post below or  write to

Also in the program, the charismatic, enigmatic moose. The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife has called moose the new symbols of climate change, with winter ticks and hot summer days causing potential problems for moose from Minnesota to Maine. We learn from Wildlife Director Mark Scott.

Broadcast live on Tues., June 3 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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