The future of the Alaska VA Healthcare system

The Veterans’ Wall of Honor in Wasilla. Photo: Veterans’ Wall of Honor website.

Disability claims for veterans can take up to five years to process. Why? The VA has been plagued with problems for decades. Funding shortages, poor coordination, and a range of complex health issues faced by service members have all created barriers for vets seeking care. Amid increased attention on the problems, are improvements on the horizon?

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HOST: Lori Townsend

GUESTS:

  • Dr. Timothy Ballard – director at AK VA health system
  • Carrie Epperson – Service center manager – Seattle region
  • Samuel Hudson – AK VA Public Affairs
  • Statewide callers 

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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.

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Lori Townsend is the News Director for Alaska Public Media. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for nearly 30 years. Radio brought her to Alaska, where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting before accepting a reporting/host position with APRN in 2003. APRN merged with Alaska Public Media a year later. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.