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Central Texas vets want answers about VA parking troubles

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TEMPLE - Central Texas veterans fought for their country. Now, they're fighting for parking spots at the Temple Veterans Affairs facility. Due to large construction projects and an increase in patients as veterans age, parking spaces have dwindled in the lots surrounding the hospital. The lack of parking is forcing veterans to wait long periods of time just to find a spot, often one in a lot that is far away from their doctor's office.

"[Parking] can be as simple as 20 minutes or as long as 35 minutes," said Copperas Cove veteran, Daniel Sellers. "There's just not enough parking. There's never enough handicap."

To make matters worse, doctors have reserved spaces in the lots closest to the front entrance which also forces veterans into lots sometimes a ten minute walk away from the door. A walk that could endanger the health of older veterans walking in the Texas heat.

The VA does provide valet parking and shuttles from outer lots to the main entrance, but the services are often slow and there are not enough to handle the amount of veterans that need to use them.

According to the VA press office, the construction, when finished, will add just over 400 new parking spaces to the facility and a new urgent care clinic. Extra staff is being hired to speed up valet and shuttle services in the meantime.

"We are working on the situation and just know that relief is coming," Said Deborah Meyers from the VA press office.

Crews expect one of the lots to be finished by mid to late September. Meyer said they plan to have all the construction finished by the end of 2014
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