- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 17, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The union representing Department of Veterans Affairs employees claims that care for veterans has suffered due to the tens of thousands of vacant positions across the country.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that about a dozen members of the American Federation of Government Employees held a rally on Monday outside the Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs Hospital to demand that the agency fill the vacancies.

Local union president Clayton McDaniel says the job vacancies are “causing issues with our veterans who deserve the best care.”

Veterans Affairs officials say there are about 35,000 vacancies across the county.

Similar rallies were held at other VA facilities across the country.

VA spokesman Curt Cashour says the 9 percent vacancy rate is less than half of the rate for private sector hospitals.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com

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