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Veteran dies 500 yards from VA hospital emergency room

ALBUQUERQUE — A veteran who collapsed in an Albuquerque Veterans Affairs hospital cafeteria — 500 yards from the emergency room — died after waiting 30 minutes for an ambulance, officials confirmed Thursday.

It took half an hour for the ambulance to be dispatched and take the man from one building to the other, which is about a five-minute walk, officials at the hospital said.

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