NM hearing addresses VA mental health care issues

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Steps are being taken to improve access to health care for veterans across the country, but some members of Congress say more needs to be done when it comes to providing mental health care for rural veterans.

Republican Congressman Jeff Miller of Florida was in Roswell on Wednesday to lead a field hearing for the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. The panel included U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce of New Mexico and Doug Lamborn of Colorado.

Miller says veterans are clear in their testimony that they are not being provided with the services they need.

In an effort to address access in southeastern New Mexico, Pearce and VA administrators have started a pilot program in Roswell that will allow veterans to see local providers for medical appointments rather than traveling hours to Albuquerque.

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