The Veterans Affairs Department is taking weeks to provide or repair hearing aids for its patients, leaving hearing-impaired veterans at risk in the latest failure by the agency charged with caring for America’s war heroes. The VA has promised to provide hearing aids within five days, but the agency’s inspector general found that the average wait time was between 17 and 24 days. About 30 percent of veterans are waiting 30 days or more, and of those, 10 percent are waiting to have their hearing aids fixed for two months or more, a report released last week found. Read more here http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/feb/21/veterans-wait-weeks-hearing-aids-veterans-affairs By Phillip Swarts and Kellan Howell      The Washington Times