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Congressman Seth Moulton's Frustrating VA Odyssey15:22
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Democratic Congressman Seth Moulton waves as he arrives at a campaign event in Lynn, Mass. (Steven Senne/AP File)
Democratic Congressman Seth Moulton waves as he arrives at a campaign event in Lynn, Mass. (Steven Senne/AP File)
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Seth Moulton, the freshman Massachusetts Congressman, is taking on a challenge in Washington that's close to his heart: the Salem Democrat and Iraq war veteran, who earned two medals for valor, wants to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs.  More than 8-million patients depend on the sprawling health care system, which has been plagued with problems.

We've heard the reports of long wait lines, lost records and delayed care at the VA, but Seth Moulton wanted to experience the system himself. So last January, when he needed treatment for a hernia, he checked himself into a VA hospital in Washington, D.C. and began a long and frustrating odyssey.

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Seth Moulton, Democratic Congressman from Salem. He tweets @sethmoulton

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The Boston Globe: In effort to fix woes in VA care, Moulton taps own experience

  •  "Seth Moulton had earned two medals in Iraq for his valor. He’d witnessed brutal combat in four tours with the Marines. But none of that mattered when he showed up at the Veterans Health Administration hospital in Washington, D.C., where staff could not find records."

This segment aired on June 5, 2015.

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