Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during a Climate Crisis Summit with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (not pictured) at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S. November 9, 2019. (Reuters/Scott Morgan)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders promised on Monday to boost healthcare services for military veterans if he is elected, putting a priority on upgrading facilities and hiring more doctors and nurses for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

To mark Monday's Veterans Day holiday honoring those who served in the military, Sanders vowed to fill nearly 50,000 slots for doctors, nurses and other medical professionals at facilities run by Veterans Affairs during his first year in office.

Sanders also called for at least $62 billion in new funding to repair, modernize and rebuild hospitals and clinics to meet what he called the "moral obligation" of providing quality care for those who served in the military.

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T&P/Nicole Borrero

The first thought I have, passing through the main entrance of the Georgia World Convention Center for the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Atlanta, is that I must be crazy, because I’m hearing voices. Well, a voice — a drawled, gravy-dipped bass that sounds distinctly like an enticement… or a threat.

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(AP photo by Richard Drew

On May 31, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump held a press conference at Trump Tower in Manhattan to set the record straight about his fundraising efforts for veterans.

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Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ernesto Hernandez Fonte

Democratic candidate for president and Vermont senator, Bernie Sanders, seems to have contradictory policies regarding the Defense Department.

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As the 2016 presidential candidates ramp up their campaigns, there are a number of hot-button topics being debated. Among them are veterans’ issues.

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AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

On Thursday, in a short ceremony at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, before a crowd of soldiers and surrounded by key members of Congress, President Barack Obama signed the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014. This follows months of wrangling in Congress over desperately needed reforms in the face of the Department of Veterans Affairs scandal.

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