May 10, 2007 3:00 AM

VA medical system isn't as big a success as officials have asserted

The Department of Veterans Affairs has habitually exaggerated the record of its medical system, inflating its achievements in ways that make it appear more successful than it is, a McClatchy Newspapers study shows. While the VAs health system has gotten very good marks for a transformation its undertaken over the past decade, the department also has a habit of overselling its progress in ways that assure Congress and others that the agency has enough resources to care for the nations soldiers.

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