The future of the Alaska VA Healthcare system

The Veterans’ Wall of Honor in Wasilla. Photo: Veterans’ Wall of Honor website.

Disability claims for veterans can take up to five years to process. Why? The VA has been plagued with problems for decades. Funding shortages, poor coordination, and a range of complex health issues faced by service members have all created barriers for vets seeking care. Amid increased attention on the problems, are improvements on the horizon?

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HOST: Lori Townsend


  • Dr. Timothy Ballard – director at AK VA health system
  • Carrie Epperson – Service center manager – Seattle region
  • Samuel Hudson – AK VA Public Affairs
  • Statewide callers 



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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.

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Lori Townsend is the news director and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her news tips and program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at or call 907-550-8452.

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