Written by Katie Anderson, Harrison, Doddridge, and Ritchie County Report, WBOY
An audit of VA wait times brought Congressman David McKinley to the Louis A Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg on Monday.
The audit showed the center had one of the longest wait times for veteran’s trying to make their first mental health appointment, at 96 days.
It also showed the VA had a 54 day wait time to see a primary care doctor.
The VA disputes those numbers, so McKinley visited the VA to find out more.
“The office of the inspector general was saying 54 days, and they say eight to 11 days. There's a big difference there, so we have to find out how is that being done. 54 is the highest in West Virginia and one of the highest in the nation so I want to sure that we're being treated fairly,” explained McKinley.
McKinley said he plans to visit the VA more in the future, along with the one in Washington, DC, to get to the bottom of the issue.
While he was in town McKinley also stopped at Stonewood City Hall, to discuss issues with council members and the mayor.They discussed some issues the city has, and how McKinley and others can help. He is visiting many rural communities and having roundtable discussions.