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Vietnam vet: Treatment I've received from VA is outstanding

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

Steve Durr served in the Air Force during Vietnam. He even earned a Purple Heart. A few years ago, he started using the Veterans Affairs Health Care System and he's become a regular patient at the hospital in Iowa City.

"A year ago I was diagnosed with lung cancer," said Durr. "I didn't have any waiting period. They got right to me."

While at the hospital for treatment, he gets to talk to other vets. He hasn't heard them complain, either.

"The staff down there -- the doctors, the nurses, the clerical people -- top notch," said Durr.

Employees with the VA Health Care System in Iowa City sent KWWL a written statement which read: 

"This morning the President accepted Secretary Shinseki’s resignation and appointed the current VA Deputy Secretary, Mr. Sloan Gibson to serve as Acting Secretary. Today’s news does not change our focus on providing Veterans with timely access to quality care throughout Iowa City VA Health Care System.

"We have a hardworking, dedicated workforce who understands the full meaning and responsibility of providing the best care to our Veterans. We are sensitive to the concerns or questions Veterans have during this time and wish to reiterate our commitment to maintaining the highest standards of personal, professional care.

"We look forward to working with Acting Secretary Gibson as VA carefully evaluates the areas of concern and strives to improve upon the delivery of care."

Durr agrees. While his health isn't where he wants it to be, through lung cancer and a brain tumor, he says the staff at the hospital has always been there for him.

"They're doing everything possible," said Durr. "They haven't spared any effort."

Durr's one complaint is that there's not enough parking. That's a common complaint and it's the reason the hospital is currently building a parking garage.

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