VA Scandal Sheds Light on Inadequate Medical Care for American Heroes

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NEW YORK (MainStreet) — The Veterans Administration admitted that soldiers who've served their country have died from delays in medical care across the country at VA Hospitals.

Reportedly, 23 veterans have passed away just from delays in gastrointestinal units but the number of dead and injured is likely much higher.

"There have been numerous incidents across the country at VA Hospitals and no one has been held accountable," said Roscoe Butler, assistant director for health care with the The American Legion in Washington, D.C. "We need new leadership to lead VA Hospitals and ensure that veterans are getting the care they deserve and are not harmed."

Currently, VA investigators are on the ground in Augusta, Georgia and San Antonio, Texas, where my own veteran father, James Fairley, is supposed to receive medical care.

Contrary to popular belief, the negligent medical care of veterans such as my father is not a funding issue.

"Every year the VA submits a budget to Congress and Congress has given the VA every dollar they requested and beyond," Butler told MainStreeT. "Congress has made it clear that if this is not enough all you have to do is ask."

My personal experience with the Audie Murphy Veterans Hospital in San Antonio has been disappointing. Complaints to supervisors, the captain of social work and the Patient Advocacy office yielded no results at all.

It wasn't until I hired an attorney that a VA dentist agreed to stop pulling my fathers teeth and instead fill 12 cavities, and the dentist still refuses to order a low sugar diet.

Most recently on May 6, my father's VA primary care physician failed to refer him for stomach and esophagus testing despite the fact that he's lost sixteen pounds and has a distended stomach that makes him look six months pregnant.