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Published on Jul 19, 2012
U.S. Sen. Mark Begich today highlighted the progress made in Alaska in delivering affordable and local health care to rural veterans, and stressed the unique needs veterans who live outside of Alaska's major cities face when accessing health care. During a hearing in the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee to confirm Dr. Thomas Sowers, nominee for the position of Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Veterans Administration (VA), Sen. Begich talked about the agreement signed in May between the VA and several Alaska Native tribal health programs allowing Alaska Native veterans to receive health care services in tribal clinics in various parts of Alaska and not have to travel to Anchorage or Seattle to receive services. Under the agreement, the VA will reimburse the participating health care entities for the services.