United States Sen. Mazie Hirono will chair her first veterans' affairs committee field hearing Tuesday on Oahu.
The committee will focus on finding how to best provide veterans with timely, quality healthcare.
Hirono says there's still so much more that needs to be done in the effort to help veterans.
A new law will allocate $10 billion across the country to help veterans get healthcare outside the system if needed and provide more money for the VA to hire more workers.
Hirono says with Hawaii once holding the worst wait times in the country, she wanted to do more to help veterans get the care they need.
"I want to hear specifically, aside from the wait time issue, what about accessibility? Of course neighbor island veterans have a hard time. They have to get on a plane and if they need specialty care, they have to come to Oahu usually and then we have an arrangement with Tripler for special care," said Hirono. "But, it is a hassle for them and they want to have timely reimbursements."
"There's some really unique situations that affect veterans living in Hawaii," said Hirono.
The Veteran's Affairs field hearing starts at 10 a.m. at The Oahu Veterans Center in Salt Lake.