Donald Trump's VA proposal is embraced by conservative circles, but others say "no way." (Photo: iStock)

Veterans groups and presidential candidates continue to spar over how to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, most recently over Donald Trump’s proposal to allow veterans to obtain government-funded health care at private providers.

Veterans who live more than 40 miles away from a VA facility or have been on a waiting list for a medical procedure for a certain period of time are already eligible to receive care at a private hospital or clinic. Trump’s plan proposes allowing all veterans to seek care at any provider that accepts Medicare patients.

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