Posted: Jun 4, 2014 11:08 AM
Updated: Jun 4, 2014 11:09 AM
EL PASO, Texas (AP) A survey of hundreds of West Texas veterans has found that on average they wait more than two months to see a Veterans Affairs mental health professional and even longer to see a physician.
U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke released the findings Wednesday. More than 690 veterans living in El Paso County were surveyed by phone and email.
Respondents say they waited on average 85 days to see a physician at the VA medical facility in El Paso. The wait to meet with a mental health evaluator was 70 days.
About a third of veterans were unsuccessful in scheduling an appointment.
The wait by veterans appears to contradict assertions by the El Paso VA center that at least 85 percent of vets are given an appointment within two weeks.