#VAFail – Disabled Vets Walk Long Distances to Get Care in Washington, D.C.
If you’ve ever been to Washington, D.C., you know that parking can be a challenge. The same goes for parking at the D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center. An investigation by News4 Washington revealed just how bad the problem is.
Veterans who visit the DC VA for care are forced to circle a confusing parking lot to find any available space. Some even create their own spaces, parking on the grass. Once they do find a place to park, veterans walk as far as three football fields to get from their car to the VA facility.
Maybe 300 yards doesn’t seem like that far to walk. But for veterans with mobility issues and disabilities, that 900 feet is endless. One veteran interviewed by News4, U.S. Army veteran Jonathan Warwick, said that he’ll leave his house at 8 a.m. to be on time for a noon appointment. Warwick has been seen hobbling across the large parking lot despite his recent hip replacements and fractured spine.
Construction projects take a toll on veteran patients, and that should be foreseeable. But as we know from previous coverage of the DC VA hospital, planning ahead isn’t its strong point. A new parking structure should be completed by March of next year. Hopefully that alleviates some of the congestion and distance issues.