Ala. Rep. Says VA Official Misled Her

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- An Alabama congresswoman says she was misled about steps being taken to correct the falsification of records at Veterans Administration health centers in central Alabama.

Republican Rep. Martha Roby announced over the weekend that the director of VA facilities in Montgomery and Tuskegee had told her some employees were terminated. She said Director James Talton contacted her Tuesday to say there had been a misunderstanding about what he meant when he said the employees were "relieved of their duties." They were transferred, not terminated.

VA statistics show the central Alabama facilities have an average wait time for new patients of 75 days. The facilities have announced several changes to improve waiting times, including opening more appointment slots and expanding clinic hours.

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