Vets Are Dying from VA Scandal

Vets Are Dying from VA Scandal–where is free speech.  It seems that it’s not politically correct anymore to embrace the first amendment of the Consitution and “Free Speech.”  Click on these videos to understand the problem. The first two are added from a different spot and haven’t been deleted yet. This is only one crisis our country is facing TODAY.

Dellinger calls for VA secretary, 2 others to step down
May 5, 2014

Featured in Veterans Health Center, National Commander

Dellinger calls for VA secretary, 2 others to step down

In front of local media and a live Internet audience, American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger today called for the resignations of Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, Under Secretary of Health Robert Petzel and Under Secretary of Benefits Allison Hickey.

Dellinger cited poor oversight and failed leadership as the reason for calling for the resignations – something The American Legion hasn’t done regarding a public official in more than 30 years.

“Gen. Eric Shinseki has served his country well,” Dellinger said. “His patriotism and sacrifice for this nation are above reproach. However, his record as the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs tells a different story. The existing leadership has exhibited a pattern of bureaucratic incompetence and failed leadership that has been amplified in recent weeks.”

Dellinger pointed to allegations from multiple whistleblowers of a secret waiting list at the Phoenix VA Health Care System that may have resulted in the death of approximately 40 veterans, that VA previously had acknowledged that 23 veterans throughout the health-care system have died as a result of delayed care in recent years, and a the findings of an investigation by VA’s Office of Medical Inspector that clerks at the VA clinic in Fort Collins, Colo., were instructed last year how to falsify appointment records so it appeared the small staff of doctors was seeing patients within the agency’s goal of 14 days, according to the investigation.

“These disturbing reports are part of what appear to be a pattern of scandals that has infected the entire system,” said Dellinger, noting issues that have come up in Pittsburgh, Atlanta and Augusta, Ga. “Those problems need addressed at the highest level – starting with new leadership. The existing leadership has exhibited a pattern of bureaucratic incompetence and failed leadership that has been amplified in recent weeks.”

Dellinger said that the failure to disclose safety information or to cover up mistakes is unforgivable – as is fostering a culture of nondisclosure. “VA leadership has demonstrated its incompetence through preventable deaths of veterans, long wait times for medical care, a benefits claims backlog numbering in excess of 596,000, and the awarding of bonuses to senior executives who have overseen such operations,” he said. “Some veterans have waited years to have their claims decided. That same leadership has failed to provide answers to why these issues continue to occur.”

Dellinger said that while errors and lapses can occur in any system, “The American Legion expects when such errors and lapses are discovered, that they are dealt with swiftly and that the responsible parties are held accountable. This has not happened at the Department of Veterans Affairs. There needs to be a change, and that change needs to occur at the top. “


21 responses to “Vets Are Dying from VA Scandal

  1. I really can’t understand why? Phoenix is first in line, Nope, they are just the one’s that got found out first. But here in California, there are VA hospitals that are and have been doing the same thing. So nope, this country has this issue all over. Phoenix just got busted first.

  2. It’s upsetting to see that some of the healthcare individuals in our society are not giving there 110% in treating our veterans. I can’t say that for all hospitals because I myself have received great treatment from my VA hospital but to know there are those other veterans who are being neglected or have even died due to not being looked after, is appalling and very upsetting.

  3. I was talking the other day to a rather angry veteran. He was saying that they’re killing off the veterans and similar types because they know too much, and are threats to their agenda. He said that guns are being taken away to have total control and limited retaliation, especially from the people who have been trained in combat and know how to use guns. Most people dismiss men like this and call them crazy, but I believe there is a lot of truth to what they have to say. They certainly know a lot more about the current condition of the planet then nearly all the morons of my generation, who willingly give up their rights in exchange for entertainment and convenience.

  4. It is sickening to see these people taken advantage of. They fought and bled for us in combat and that’s how they are repaid. They die because certain individuals take advantage of the system for their benefit, literally the opposite of what they did for us. They gave everything to go to war to protect and serve our country. They should get the best medical aid there is instead of bureaucracy. Maybe they would still be alive if those individual cared as much as those men did when they went to war.

  5. This article make me mad and realize that the VA hostitals or clinics are not that good. I’m a veteran myself, so i know it first hand. I feel like sometime my doctor is clueless about my medical condition. If i was in an accident and injured, i have to go to a VA hostital only and not the nearest hostital. If not, they would charge me for full medical fees.

  6. This is very disturbing. Veterans should be treated much better for their sacrifices they make for our country. There hasn’t been a reform for veterans since WWII, that’s ridiculous.

  7. Priscilla K. Cornejo

    This to me was sad and at the same time made me really furious that the government. let alone already corrupted, wouldn’t try and protect at least the veterans. Knowing what these men and women did and they still get ignored. I have family, my uncle and it just makes me think about him a lot.

  8. I never knew this was occuring. It’s so sad because you would think that if our government couldn’t protect anyone they would atleast try and protect the veterans who put their lives on the line for their country. I have family members who are veterans and this would just break my heart if this every happened to one of them.

  9. Miranda B. Barragan

    I remember discussing this story in class. Also I remember hearing that the governemnt did not want this story in the public. Therefore, they forced whoever posted the video to take it down. This is unbelievable. These men fight for our country and no one wants to help them.

  10. I have been hearing about this topic. I think it is sad how we are treating our veterans. They not only served for our counrty, for our lives, and protection but they survived more than imaginable. These Veterans have been through a lot who also have been to war and are the fortunate ones to come home and now they are being treated like trash. This is not right, we need a new reform! We should protect our veterans and give them better treatment, priority.

  11. Katarina Ponomaroff

    To treat anyone like this is terrible, let alone treating out veterans like there health needs are not important. Purposely prolonging their doctor visits is messed up and can really put the veterans life at risk. I never thought that something like this would be the treatment given to these veterans after putting their lives in the hands of God for our country. It makes me happy to say that I was a part of the celebration at the Riverside National Cemetery this passed memorial weekend.

  12. Its shocking to see how corrupt things really are. Also how the government tries to cover things up by taking down videos in efforts to leave the wold uninformed of what is really happening. This is a disgrace, Veterans deserve much better than this.

  13. The United Stares government should just be ashamed of this. All these veterans gave their lives for the safety of this country and for them to be treated this way is terrible. This should not be happening in this country and should be fixed immediately.

  14. I feel bad for the veterans they service this country and then come home to awful treatment, so disrespectful.

  15. They give their lives for this country and yet our government can’t even pay them the smallest respects like keeping the filing cabinets organized. (look up the waiting list from improper organization, its in the 1,000’s)

  16. This is an issue that needs to be resolved asap! Veterans of all people should not be subjected to delays in their health services.

  17. Brianna V. Gonzalez

    It’s very appauling to watch this video and acknowledge such actions like these occur. It’s surprising to see these actions being done to our vets, it is not right. As these gentlemen said, it needs to be fundamentally reformed, I too agree with them. These vets arrive home with many disorders and should not have to deal with such actions like these being done to them.

  18. I think it’s so disrespectful to treat any patients this way, let alone a veteran. It makes you wonder what’s really going on and yes, what’s happening at other VA hospitals. there are many health problems that vets may have and it is the right of the country to help them, not falsify documents and not see them or have them die. I wonder what the actual number of suicides for vets is, but that we will never be told.

  19. I find this very interesting, because these veterans are being treated like anyone who isn’t bleeding, or a child in urgent care. It’s bad enough that many of these veterans return home with PTSD amongst other things, but it’s as if these mental health problems are ignored completely. It is incredibly cruel to make these guys wait for long periods of time to just see a doctor. The system should be fixed to prevent this from ever happening again

  20. This lady deserved to be fired and i’m glad action was implemented. I agree with the young V.A in this video on the aspect of reform should be called into action. The V.A system does appear to be flawed and apparently covering up death counts. America has been getting better at treating our post-war vets, however as noted earlier great reform should be implemented.

  21. I was shocked watching this.These people need to go to prison for murder and making these vets suffer. If this is happening at the Phoenix VA then its likely happening at others throughout the country.

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