The audit on the Department of Veteran Affairs launched by the Veterans Healthcare Administration shows that some veterans have had to wait in excess of three months for care. However, action is already underway to help them receive the care they need in a timely manner. Wednesday afternoon, the US Senate approved a new VA Healthcare bill that will allow patients to get care outside of the VA system if need be. So far as wait times here in Mississippi, out of 42,698 appointments made in Jackson, only 3% were scheduled outside of the 30 day period. Most of those were newly enrolled patients with an average wait time of 45 days. That number is slightly higher for new patients awaiting specialty care at 56 days. New mental health patients fell within the 30 day time frame. Heading down to the Gulf Coast, the wait times are just marginally behind the numbers in Jackson. Out of 48,578 appointments, 6% of those went over the 30 day period. Again, those were mostly for new patients who had to wait an average of 48 days before they could be seen. New patients waiting for specialty care have had to wait about 46 days. Patients in line for mental health care are waiting an average of 37 days. Switching gears from Mississippi to Phoenix, Arizona, the VA is getting even more national attention as the FBI announced it will launch a criminal investigation into allegations of attempts by some facilities to fudge paperwork to make wait times for veteran care appear shorter. Thursday we will hear from Jackson VA Director, Joe Battle on the state of the VA and what the audit means for patient care at the Sonny Montgomery facility.