As Veterans Affairs faces sharp criticism for bureaucratic delays, some East Tennesseans say the local system for caring for veterans’ health needs also has problems.

In 2013, Theodore “T.J.” Jones IV, a Marine veteran from Maryville, was shot and killed by authorities, after he fired at passing motorists in the early morning hours. Jones’ family said he had suffered a flashback to his combat service, and, in an interview on Friday, they criticized his experiences with the VA as he sought treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder in the months leading up to his death.

T.J. Jones was a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who was honorably discharged.

Theo Jones III said Friday that during his son’s last year in the Marine Corps, he was restricted to his barracks because of the illness, and that after he came home “it was an ongoing battle” for two years to get treatment.

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