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Vietnam veteran Gene Stoesser, right, talks with Veterans Crisis Command Center volunteer Chuck Lewis, left, while he waits for an appointment Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at American Legion Post 1 in Phoenix. Stoesser was told on May 2, 2014, that he needs heart surgery. The American Legion has set up a crisis center in Phoenix to help veterans get medical care in a first-of-its-kind event in the American Legion's nearly 100-year history.(AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Mark Henle) MESA OUT MARICOPA COUNTY OUT MAGS OUT NO SALES

Health care for veterans

Yahoo News

The House overwhelmingly approved a landmark bill Wednesday, July 30, 2014, to help veterans avoid long waits for health care that have plagued the Veterans Affairs Department for years.

The $16.3 billion measure also would allow the VA to hire thousands of doctors and nurses and rewrite employment rules to make it easier to fire senior executives judged to be negligent or performing poorly.

The 420-5 vote sends the bill to the Senate, where approval is expected Thursday. (AP)

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