Communities Struggle With Healthcare For Vets


Over 69,000 veterans who have served from WWII to the Korean conflict live in Nebraska.

When it comes to health care, some communities try their hardest to support their veterans, but face some difficult issues.

Veterans in North Platte and surrounding areas can go to the V.A. clinic for routine doctor's visits, but those with more serious medical issues have to log many miles for treatment.

Officials at the Veterans Service Office in North Platte say the biggest concern for their clients is traveling, especially beyond Grand Island.

"If that's their first stop great, they can get in the van and come back to North Platte," said Veterans Affairs Services official Paul Cooper. "I guess what problem might come in to Omaha, they might have to change vans in Grand Island to get to Omaha or Lincoln, come back here, there might be an overnight stay along with that."

Cooper says vans are available for transport between North Platte to Omaha, with stops to pick up additional veterans along the way to their appointments.