A fatal wait: Veterans languish and die on a VA hospital’s secret list
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.
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VA claims backlog, signature problem frustrate Nevada veterans
Nevada veterans with questions about delays in processing their disability claims and the ever-growing backlog say they’ve hit another roadblock.
Veterans in the Reno area received letters about the status of their claims from a manager at the city’s Veterans Benefits Administration Service Center who no longer works there, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Willie L. Smith, a 30-year career Air Force veteran from North Las Vegas, said he’s received a total of three letters from Allen Bittler, who hasn’t worked at the agency’s Reno regional office since he retired nearly two years ago, according to the newspaper.
Smith received a letter dated March 30 and signed by “A. Bittler,” informing him, “We are still processing your application for COMPENSATION.”
An anonymous New York psychiatrist (Dr. X) who works for the VA has come forward to state that “things have been getting a little bit uneasy . . . for veterans.” That’s an understatement. We already know that New York State is going after veterans who have sought any kind of treatment for mental health. Dr. X reveals that, when veterans come to the VA for help, they’re often treated by ultra-liberal interns and residents who think of them as baby-killers; the VA actively seizes guns from any veterans treated for mental health issues, not matter how minor or stable the problem; veterans who refuse to give up their weapons are institutionalized; and psychiatrists get a $3,000 incentive whenever a veteran loses his guns.
Almost all VA hospitals, says Dr. X are associated with teaching hospitals or medical schools. The VA recruits residents from those doctor pools, so that the residents got experience and the VA gets low-cost doctors. Too often the result is that extremely politically liberal interns and residents end up on the front line for treating veterans – and these young people view veterans with disgust and disdain as “baby=killers.”
Joseph “Danny” Zambito was 18 when he trained as a Marine in 1964 at Camp Lejeune, where he — like one million others at the base — was exposed to cancer-causing chemicals in one of the worst water contamination cases in U.S. history, spanning more than three decades.
Zambito, now 70, lost both kidneys and his bladder to cancer, but the Florida man said he hasn’t received a single disability benefit from the Department of Veterans Affairs — whose anonymous panel of “subject matter experts” renders medical opinions on veterans’ claims their diseases were caused by toxic drinking water at the North Carolina military training base.
“It makes me feel very angry,” said Zambito, who undergoes dialysis four times a week at a center in Zephyrhills. “They’re dragging their feet on this and giving me the runaround.”
“You just want to give up,” added his wife, Judy. “How can you fight the government?”