“I no longer trust them to fix me when I’m broken”

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.

About vmijpp

VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent OPFOR.com as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on OPFOR.com, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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