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Wisconsin Senator Baldwin returns home to talk up her VA bill

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - U.S. Senate Democrat Tammy Baldwin is back in her home area, explaining her new bill to add 2,000 residency positions at the nation's veterans hospitals.

The state's junior senator from Madison says the bill would reduce waiting times for veterans to see VA hospital physicians. It became a key concern earlier this year in the wake of service problems at VA facilities in Arizona.

Residencies are the next steps for those who graduate from medical schools.

The bill would require the VA to allocate residencies based on doctor shortages at its various facilities, and make priorities to train specialists who are needed. A similar bill has been introduced in the House.

WKOW-TV of Madison says Baldwin's bill is supported by both doctor training schools in the Badger State, at UW-Madison and Milwaukee's Medical College of Wisconsin.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)