ANCHORAGE - The man in charge of federal veterans programs wants to give Alaska veterans access to federal or state veterans homes.
"We need to expand, start the planning process," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Tony Principi at the convention of the Disabled American Veterans' Alaska organization.
Veterans can get health care at outpatient clinics, said Jim Mayo, a past commander of the veterans' group. Because of the state's isolation, the VA also covers a wider range of private medical care than in other states, Mayo said.
Veterans here are pushing for adding a VA component to the Pioneers' Home system for veterans 65 and older, and a new VA home for younger vets.