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Vets aren't happy about healthcare

January 25, 2006

Albany - More than a quarter million veterans were unable to sign up for health care during this last fiscal year because of cost-cutting moves.

The locked-out vets have no illnesses or injuries as a result of their service and earn more than the average wage in their community.

Local veteran Marvin Mixon says many veterans, "Sort of like they pulled the rug out from under a lot of folks that really need the assistance, and they are told they don't qualify anymore, even though they feel like they followed thru with their end of the contract, but now they are told it won't be there."

The Veterans Affairs Department says that all Iraq Veterans are guaranteed health care, provided they enroll within two years of leaving the military.