Grand Strand veterans: New clinic needed, but quality of care is high

A new Veterans Administration clinic is coming to Myrtle Beach, part of a recently passed $17 billion VA overhaul.

Local vets say the new clinic is needed, though they're pleased with their treatment at the current facility.

Ted Sejda is a Vietnam Veteran from Conway who's suffered for years from post traumatic stress disorder.

He says he was particularly upset to hear about the scandal in Arizona, in which vets died after waiting months to get treated, because his experience at the Myrtle Beach VA clinic has been just the opposite.

"The clinic in Myrtle Beach has been great. They get you in, they get you out. They even have a sign that says, if you wait more than 20 minutes, let somebody know," Sejda said.

North Myrtle Beach veteran Glen Talley says the problems at other VA facilities may be due to understaffing.

He says Myrtle Beach seems to him to be understaffed, too, but they manage to handle it well.

"The longest that I've ever waited for an appointment there was maybe one minute past the appointment time. Usually they take you before the appointment time," said Talley.

The VA says the Myrtle Beach clinic treats nearly 11,000 veterans a year.

Talley says the Myrtle Beach facility seems to be doing enough things right and that it could be a model for other VA clinics and hospitals.

"I'm really proud of these folks, they work hard," he said.

Sejda says Myrtle Beach is overdue to get a new clinic because the current facility seems to be dated, but the care he's received there has been good.

"I have no complaints. Other people may say you're an exception. I don't think so," Sejda said.

Sejda says it's ridiculous that veterans in some parts of the country have had to wait months for treatment.

He says his advice for any vet seeking treatment is to not take no for an answer.