A heart-breaking and infuriating article in USA Today on gross misconduct in the VA medical system. (And thanks to USMC0802 for sending it in.)
When Purifoy, 65, originally complained of severe pain after radiation therapy damaged the bone under his nose, VA clinicians in Muskogee and Tulsa, Okla., thought it was a dental problem and sent him for root canals and other procedures. Now, he has no nose, no front teeth, and he’s still in debilitating pain.
Last year, Congress passed the Choice Act designed to allow veterans to seek care in the private sector if their local VA could not meet their needs. Yet the Oklahoma City VA is forcing Purifoy to travel for treatment to a VA facility in Shreveport, La. — a six-hour drive from his home — even though a non-VA hospital is literally across the street.
I know, personally, of one vet who has had an experience so similar to these (in THREE separate VA medical centers) that one can only conclude that it’s systemic. Worse yet, there seems to be no accountability. And that’s criminal, if you ask me.