MISSOULA, Mont. -

We spoke with a disabled veteran who claims he was pushed aside in the Arizona Veteran's Administration system, but got the care he needed here in Montana.

Robert Schwartz moved to Ronan from Phoenix in 2005. He is a Vietnam veteran and suffers from a list of medical ailments including respiratory disease and severe back problems.  He claims the VA hospital in Phoenix said he needed back surgery, but still put it off for almost four years.

He said once he came to Montana, doctors got him into surgery right away.

"The caring I got here in Missoula and in Kalispell is more understanding and more caring toward the veteran -- wanting to make sure that the veteran is taken care of properly and making sure he is out of pain, whereas, in Arizona, they just didn't care," explained Disabled Veteran Robert Schwartz.

We reached out to three more local veterans tonight.  There's concern over paperwork and benefits, but all agree that the medical care is good in Montana.

Tuesday the Department of Affairs said investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at the VA hospital in Phoenix.