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Disabled vets declare war on UTA, after it cancels bus stops at VA hospital

Leaders of Utah’s disabled veterans essentially declared war Tuesday on the Utah Transit Authority, upset that it canceled bus service through the Salt Lake City veterans’ hospital campus.

UTA argues that it actually improved bus service at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center by adding extra routes nearby with more frequency and new Sunday service. But the agency concedes that disabled veterans now must walk a bit further to the hospital campus, near the University of Utah’s Rice-Eccles football stadium.

“Most of us who are mobility challenged know the value of proximity,” Frank Maughan, commander of the Utah Disabled American Veterans told the state’s Veterans and Military Affairs Commission on Tuesday, seeking it as an ally in the fight.