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Carson admits it will be difficult to get the returning veterans — about 51,000 veterans in Louisiana served in Iraq or Afghanistan — all their benefits.
“It’s not a perfect system by any means,” Carson said, noting that Louisiana has more than 300,000 veterans. “That’s a big service area. But we’ve come a long, long way,” he said.
He noted that veterans have been alerting the Baton Rouge Vet Center about former unit members committing suicide.
“As Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, I am extremely disappointed to learn of delays to the Lafayette and Lake Charles VA health care clinics. I will be speaking with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki very soon to convey to him the importance of these clinics to my fellow Louisiana Veterans with the hope of instilling in him a sense of urgency in continuing to move these projects forward rather than backwards.”