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Psychologist Diane Adams devotes a portion of her private practice in Renton, Wash., to veterans. But she said the bureaucracy involved in the Veterans Choice program has proved frustrating and veterans have had a hard time getting approval to see her. Patricia Murphy/KUOW hide caption

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For Doctors And Patients, 'Veterans Choice' Often Means Long Waits

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Donald Trump Details Donations To Veterans Organizations

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Soldiers, officers and civilian employees attend a ceremony for the U.S. Army's annual observance of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month in March 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. According to the Pentagon, the initiative is "meant to reinforce a climate of dignity and respect founded on good order and discipline." Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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New Report Says Pentagon Not Doing Enough For Sexual Assault Victims

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Navy veteran Amanda Wirtz looks through her correspondence with the Veterans Choice program. After the VA couldn't get her an appointment with a specialist, it sent her to the Choice program. But she still was unable to get an appointment for several months. Courtesy of KPBS hide caption

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How Congress And The VA Left Many Veterans Without A 'Choice'

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"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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The Spartan sword was forged from steel that was part of the World Trade Center when it came down on 9/11. The sword was created to inspire veterans to take the "Spartan Pledge" - a promise made between veterans not to commit suicide. Quil Lawrence/NPR hide caption

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Veterans Vow To Fight Suicide With A Sword Forged From 9/11 Tragedy

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Stacy Bannerman testifies before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs in 2006. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc./Getty Images hide caption

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After Combat Stress, Violence Can Show Up At Home

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After The Battle, The Harvest: Programs Help Vets Move Into Farming

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Despite Low Unemployment, Veterans Struggle To Find Meaningful Jobs

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Irvin Bishop Small at his home in York, Pa. Quil Lawrence/NPR hide caption

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For The VA's Broken Health System, The Fix Needs A Fix

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The Keils play with their twins, Matthew and Faith, at their home near Parker, Colo., in 2012. Ed Andrieski/AP hide caption

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For Fertility Treatment, Wounded Veterans Have To Pay The Bill

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Former U.S. Marine Daniel Torres stands outside the Deported Veteran Support House, known as the The Bunker, in eastern Tijuana. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Service Members, Not Citizens: Meet The Veterans Who Have Been Deported

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Veterans' Advocates Highlight Progress On Homelessness, Claims Backlog

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Defying Stereotypes, Number Of Incarcerated Veterans In U.S. Drops

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Advocates Question Whether Veterans Day Promotions Have Gotten Off Track

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