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November 20, 2017

Secret Wait Lists Were Still in Use Last Year at Colorado VAs

Last week, the Office of Inspector General released its report on wait list complaints within the Eastern Colorado Health Care System. Its findings backed up claims that ECHCS staff were using unofficial wait lists to track referrals for mental health care. The improper use of separate wait lists for health appointments at the VA has… Read more »

November 8, 2017

#VAFails – Peeping Tom, missed diagnosis and a mistaken “Do Not Resuscitate”

The nation will honor and celebrate our nation’s heroes on Saturday in honor of Veterans Day. Leading up to that day, a flood of articles have pointed out alleged misconduct, poor care and gross negligence at three different VAs, showing just how dysfunctional the VA can be for the veterans who are caught in the… Read more »

October 30, 2017

#VAFail – VA discovers secret wait list for appointments in Omaha

Secret appointment wait lists are alive and well at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), according to a letter from VA officials. The Omaha, Nebraska VA created and maintained a secret wait list for psychotherapy appointments that delayed care for 87 veterans in just 2017 alone. The VA has blamed the wait lists on “training… Read more »

October 26, 2017

#VAFail – New VA Rankings Show Little Has Changed

Things aren’t getting better for veterans at the worst Veterans Affairs hospitals in the country. The VA released its annual report ranking 146 of its medical centers on a scale of one to five stars. Despite promises to improve care for the men and women who put their lives on the line for our country,… Read more »

October 20, 2017

#VAFail – Veteran dies while VA aide allegedly plays video games

When Vietnam War veteran Bill Nutter checked into the Veterans Affairs hospital in Bedford, Massachusetts, doctors promised his family they would check on him every hour. The retired police officer had been battling diabetes, respiratory problems and other health issues as a result of his exposure to Agent Orange. According to the Boston Globe, the… Read more »

October 18, 2017

A legacy of service wasn’t enough to receive timely care at the VA

As a member of both the Marine Corps and the Army National Guard, John Byrnes served his country both at home and overseas. When he joined the Marines in 1991, he was continuing a legacy of service, having family who served back to World War I. But when John tried to seek care at the… Read more »

October 13, 2017

#VAFail – The VA Wanted This Purple Heart Vet to Drive Almost Two Hours After His Chemo Treatments

When George Geiger, a Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient, was diagnosed with throat cancer, doctors told him he needed radiation and chemotherapy. The treatments would be draining, but Geiger, whose helicopter was shot down six times during the war, was ready to fight. There was just one problem—the VA hospital in Atlanta was at… Read more »