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Vt. VA hospital looks for more patients

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WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. -

The VA Medical Center in White River Junction is looking for more patients.

The medical center held an open house Tuesday morning informing veterans of their services and how to sign up for them.  Officials say only about 40 percent of the veterans in the Vermont and New Hampshire region receive care in White River Junction. The facility is trying to increase that percentage, offering an expertise it says veterans won't find elsewhere.

"Obviously veterans are able to choose whatever medical services they want, but the VA feels that we provide the best veterans-centered care out there. We have experts who are familiar with veteran health issues, women's health, PTSD, military sexual trauma," said Naaman Horn of the VA Medical Center.

There is also a financial incentive for the medical center. The more veterans who come through the door, the more funding the facility gets. Officials say that ultimately leads to better patient care.

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