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In California, veterans face VA claims backlog and housing challenges

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US President Barack Obama delivers a statement after meeting with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki at the White House in Washington, DC, May 21, 2014. Veterans have had to wait months to see a doctor at some hospitals, and allegations have arisen that administrators at a VA hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, covered up the delays there. As many as 40 patients were reported to have died while waiting to be seen by a VA doctor. JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

President Obama met with VA Secretary Eric Shinseki today behind closed doors at the White House.

The meeting comes after months of controversy surrounding the agency and accusations the VA delayed treatments which could have prevented deaths. Following the meeting, President Obama made this promise to veterans during a brief speech in the White House press room:

"So today I want every veteran to know. We will fix everything that is wrong and as long as I am commander in chief I will keep fighting to deliver the care and the benefits that the families deserve."

For the latest on this, we're joined by journalist Aaron Glantz who covers veterans issues for the Center for Investigative Reporting.

Veterans Face Housing Challenges in Los Angeles

California has the nation's highest population of former service men and women at nearly 2 million, according to the Census Bureau.

More than $1 billion has been set aside for veterans to buy homes, but it's been difficult for veterans to get access to that money. Now there's a push to put some of that $1 billion toward providing low rent apartments for veterans. It's an issue that will be up for a vote on the June 3rd ballot.

For more, we're joined by Deputy Secretary for California's Veterans Services Keith Boylan.

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