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Bond says VA hospital in St. Louis needs parking

By Tom Weber, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – US.. Senator Kit Bond toured the VA hospital in St. Louis Monday morning, as part of a statewide tour of veterans' facilities.

He told reporters after walking through the so-called Cochran center that veterans there are getting good care.

Bond says the center is working to improve its ability to help spinal cord patients, and also to address staffing needs, but there are other needs, as well.

"The one thing that Cochran needs more than anything is parking facilities," Bond said. "That's been on the list; it hasn't been high on the list submitted in Washington, but we're going to try to get that done."

Bond also noted that the recent scandal with the Walter Reed Army Hospital involves a hospital run by the Defense Department, while Cochran is run by the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

He also toured facilities in Mount Vernon and Poplar Bluff on Monday