In March and April of 2011, I was living in ST Louis with my daughter as she finished her Doctor of Chiropractic degree.
The time came when I needed to move my VA records from out-of-sate to Missouri, so I visited the John Cochran VA Medical Center in ST Louis.
Trust me when I tell you my intake worker was nuts. We were hardly in to our interview when she jumped up and ordered an ambulance for me!
I was whisked away to a dingy facility waiting for someone to declare me sane and healthy. The ambulance drivers told me that particular intake worker had a habit of incarcerating patients, A couple of us patients were beamed with a wide-coned X-Ray that looked large enough to take out a stove.
It took a couple of hours to assure the SANE doctors in the hospital that I was hale and hearty enough to go home – which I did!
The experience was unnerving, so I wrote to my senators and congressmen. to complain. Senator McCaskill was the most understanding. She said Congress has been trying to shut the place down for years!
A local news item from STL Today read, ‘Cochran ranks LAST out of 126 VA medical centers for patient satisfaction and replacing faulty equipment.
I was one of the lucky ones. I have heard horror stores about vets who have died in that edifice.
Now comes word that the VA has even more problems, and this time not in ST Louis.
Sean Hannity reported April 25, “There are few things more morally repugnant that mistreating those who risk their lives to serve our country. Yet that is sadly the case for many veterans around the country.
In the veterans healthcare system in Phoenix, Arizona, 40 of Americans veterans died while waiting for care. Adding to the outrage, management officials have been accused of keeping a secret list which made it look like veterans were receiving adequate, timely care when in fact they were left waiting for appointments. In at least 40 cases in this facility alone, 40 veterans died as a result.
This is absolutely unacceptable and should never be tolerated. How we treat those who serve our country says a lot about who we are as a nation, and veterans deserve our utmost respect rather than this sickening treatment.
The chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs Jeff Miller says investigators have evidence of these two lists used to conceal the realities of lengthy care wait times. Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake are calling for a Senate investigation into the matter. The chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Bernie Sanders has responded to their request, stating his desire to wait for the IG report before moving forward with hearings.
The VA is flatly denying the alleged two lists and delayed wait times.
The failures of the Department of Veterans Affairs extends beyond this horrible episode in Phoenix. The backlog of claims for disability and compensation is appalling. And the frustrating part seems to be a lack of accountability. Who will ultimately answer for the egregious treatment of our veterans? This type of behavior would be criminally prosecuted if it were the private sector, yet the government manages to evade responsibility, hiding behind massive bureaucracy. That cannot be tolerated.”
(Who will pay for the anguish of those vets, ar the tears of their families. OUTRAGEOUS!)
TOWN HALL confirmed the horrible stories – April 24 –
At least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list. The secret list was part of an elaborate scheme designed by Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix who were trying to hide that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait months to see a doctor, according to a recently retired top VA doctor and several high-level sources … Internal e-mails obtained by CNN show that top management at the VA hospital in Arizona knew about the practice and even defended it. Dr. Sam Foote just retired after spending 24 years with the VA system in Phoenix. The veteran doctor told CNN in an exclusive interview that the Phoenix VA works off two lists for patient appointments: There’s an “official” list that’s shared with officials in Washington and shows the VA has been providing timely appointments, which Foote calls a sham list. And then there’s the real list that’s hidden from outsiders, where wait times can last more than a year.
The Senator didn’i help me, buy maybe YOUR story will be the one that breaks the bureaucrats back,
We hope so