"Some days I wake up and go, 'Am I wasting time, when I could be on chemotherapy or getting a surgery?' " asks Tony Lapinski, a Montana veteran who worries about what is causing his severe back pain. Michael Albans for NPR hide caption

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Despite $10B 'Fix,' Veterans Are Waiting Even Longer To See Doctors

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Rates of unintended pregnancy among young women in the military are about 50 percent higher than among young women in the general population, research suggests. iStockphoto hide caption

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Stefanie Pelkey, left, and T.J. Hart met while volunteering at a veterans center in Houston. StoryCorps hide caption

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Soldier With PTSD, Woman Who Lost Husband To It, Find Solace Together

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Veterans Kick The Prescription Pill Habit, Against Doctors' Orders

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Soldiers returning from the Pacific wave from the deck of the USS General Mitchell on Dec. 11, 1945. Much of the health care demand in the VA system is from veterans of earlier wars. AP hide caption

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Sen. John McCain discussed the Veterans Choice Act at a news conference on Tuesday, with fellow Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Can Civilian Health Care Help Fix The VA? Congress Weighs In

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Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki addresses the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans in Washington, D.C., Friday, shortly before he resigned under bipartisan pressure. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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