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Arizona Sens. Jeff Flake, left, and John McCain joined other Republican lawmakers proposing a bill that would give veterans a choice other than the Department of Veterans Affairs for their health care. Senate Democrats have introduced a similar bill. (Cronkite News Service photo by Miranda Rivers)

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Senators back plan to let vets seek care outside troubled VA

Faced with a scandal-plagued Department of Veterans Affairs, Arizona's senators joined other lawmakers Tuesday to back a bill that would give vets flexibility to choose medical care outside the troubled agency.