VA hospitals and nursing homes are struggling to keep up with the demand for care at the VA facilities in Virginia, where VA patients are receiving more care than ever.
VA officials said that more than 1.5 million VA patients received care at VA facilities from January to June, up from nearly 600,000 in the same time period last year.
The number of VA patients receiving care at hospitals across the country increased to 6.5 percent in June from 5.8 percent in the first half of 2017, VA officials reported Wednesday.
The VA has had to keep a close eye on the numbers as it tries to keep pace with a growing population and a shrinking budget.
In Virginia, the total number of veterans receiving care from hospitals fell by about 7,000, or 5.2 percent, to 2.9 million from 3.7 million in the prior year, VA spokesman David Lacy said in a statement.
The decrease was a result of a smaller increase in veterans being treated at VA hospitals from January through June, Lacy added.