For Rural Veterans, New Approaches to Health Care

Rural veterans are far older and far more likely to be disabled than other rural residents. New programs across the country show promise in ensuring that they get the health care they need.

On this long drive, across two state lines and endless fields of corn and cattle, Lynn Graham thinks about how it may be the quality of life, not the quantity, that matters.

Graham, 55, has stage 4 liver and colon cancer. It is an 85-mile drive, cutting through Arkansas on mostly country roads, to the closest U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs medical center in Shreveport, Louisiana, where he is being treated.

State Library Ed. Note: U.S. average, 24.1% of veterans are located in rural location.  In Oregon the number is 26.3%

Source: For Rural Veterans, New Approaches to Health Care