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Local VA pushing to hire, grow, retain staff

The Puget Sound VA is pushing to hire more doctors, nurses and other employees to cope with a growing patient load that has strained staff and contributed to health-care delays for veterans. Above, Bruce Buchanan, former medical director at the VA’s American Lake campus in Lakewood, says he's not optimistic about the agency meeting the growing needs of veterans.

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The Puget Sound VA is pushing to hire more doctors, nurses and other employees to cope with a growing patient load that has strained staff and contributed to health-care delays for veterans. Above, Bruce Buchanan, former medical director at the VA’s American Lake campus in Lakewood, says he's not optimistic about the agency meeting the growing needs of veterans.

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