Veteran to Colorado VA: You ‘Owe Me a Leg’

Monday, June 2nd, 2014 by Kyle Olson

Local media stories from across the country indicate the problems with VA medical centers are much more widespread than national media may be reporting.

KKCO in Grand Junction, Colorado ran a story detailing the plight of two veterans. One bluntly said the VA’s lack of urgency cost him his leg.

Larry Wilkinson said a VA doctor never called him with the test results of a foot infection and after two months of no news, he had to have his leg amputated.

“I feel the VA owes me a leg,” Wilkinson said.

Another VA patient, Richard Worsley, said when he was showing symptoms of a heart attack, he was taken to St. Mary’s even though he wanted to go to the VA Medical Center. He then received a bill for more than $8,000.

Paul Sweeney, spokesman for the Grand Junction VA Medical Center, told the news station that vets who had complaints could follow this procedure:

  • Go to a “patient advocate” and file a “patient contact” with them
  • If that doesn’t satisfy them, they can meet with a “public relations officer”
  • The next step is to “write a letter to our chief of staff”

Vets are losing limbs – AT HOME! – while the paper pushers make them check all the bureaucratic boxes. Outrageous.

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