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Graham, Gowdy promise change, choices for vets

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Rep. Trey Gowdy addresses changes to VA legislation. (June 16, 2014/FOX Carolina) Rep. Trey Gowdy addresses changes to VA legislation. (June 16, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Two of South Carolina's political leaders in the nation's capital were in Greenville on Monday to discuss the changes coming for veterans.

Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rep. Trey Gowdy were joined with veterans and military organization representatives at the American Legion Post 3 War Museum to discuss pending legislation regarding veterans' healthcare.

In the wake of the nationwide Veterans Affairs scandal, a bill overwhelming passed in the Senate and another in the House that would reform healthcare options for veterans.

Graham said though the two now need to reconcile their bills into one piece of legislation and find $35 billion to fund it, change is coming.

"The veteran need not wait any longer for healthcare," Graham said.

The two key components of the proposed change would offer healthcare cards to veterans to help them seek care from providers outside of the VA if they live more than 40 miles from a center or have to wait too long to get care.

An audit of the Dorn VA Center in Columbia revealed an average wait time of 77 days.

The resounding message from Graham, Gowdy and leaders in attendance was more choices for a veteran equal better healthcare.

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