The Department of Defense is facing challenges filling open military doctor and dentist positions, according a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
The report said the DoD is having trouble recruiting and keeping enough doctors to care for the troops.
Part of the problem is that the private sector generally pays more than the DoD and there is a nationwide shortage of doctors and dentists.
For more than two decades, Thomas Zampieri served as a physician assistant in the Army National Guard stationed in the U.S.
He is now the president of the Blind Veterans Association.
“We cared for large numbers of causalities that came back from Vietnam,” Zampieri said.
Zampieri said like today, there was a shortage of military doctors and dentists back then and he saw the impact first hand.