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VA looks to reduce wait times for veterans to get mental health care

Veterans who seek mental health care at the Twin Cities VA Hospital wait an average of two weeks before their first appointment. At the St. Cloud VA Hospital it's 11 days. Those wait times are shorter than at many other VA centers around the country, where three to six week waits are not unusual.
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Veterans who seek mental health care at the Twin Cities VA Hospital wait an average of two weeks before their first appointment. At the St. Cloud VA Hospital it's 11 days. Those wait times are shorter than at many other VA centers around the country, where three to six week waits are not unusual.

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