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 MELINDA DESLATTE

Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State lawmakers are issuing a subpoena to federal veterans affairs officials.

A state House military committee is trying to get someone representing the VA to take questions about the problems veterans have getting treatment at VA hospitals and clinics around Louisiana.

The committee met Friday, but federal VA officials refused to attend. So, at the urging of Louisiana Veterans Affairs Secretary David LaCerte, the House committee agreed to try to compel the appearance at a future hearing.

Rep. Nick Lorusso, chairman of the committee, said he wasn't sure to whom the subpoena would be sent, and he acknowledged it wasn't certain to get anyone to Baton Rouge to testify.

Friday's hearing came after allegations that veterans around the nation, including in Louisiana, have faced long waits for health care services.
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