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

Posted by Kyle Olson on Monday, June 2nd, 2014 at 7:00 am

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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