Brian Kelly (@brpkelly)By Brian Kelly

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – As hearings on the VA scandals continue in Washington, a Missouri senator is responding to calls to add more staff to handle the influx of new veterans.

With tens of thousands of new vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, some VA staffers say the system is overwhelmed.

Republican Roy Blunt was asked if it’s time to hire more staff to handle the increasing caseload.

“You’ve got two ways to look at that,” he says. “One is efficiencies and one is more staff. Obviously, from the point of view of taxpayers, efficiency is what you ought to look at first.”

Blunt says one way to reduce the caseload is allowing veterans to get treatment at private hospitals.

The VA’s new effort to speed veterans’ access to health care includes a review of all primary care clinics to see if they have enough staff to meet demand.

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