Today is Tuesday, July 22, 2014rss RSS feed

By Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin

Los Angeles, CA - -(Ammoland.com)- “They don’t care.”

As Obama administration officials pivot like haywire jewelry-box ballerinas to divert attention away from the nationwide Veterans Affairs disgrace, a reader who has been fighting the system urged me to urge Capitol Hill and the American public to stay focused.

This former Special Forces soldier and medic served his country for 25 years. He worked in the health care field managing military field medical clinics.

“I know how health care is supposed to run, even in austere or low-budget environments,” he says.

And in his nightmarish, ongoing experience, the VA is an epic, deadly, monstrous failure. He minces no words:

“They’re getting billions of dollars, and they treat veterans like s-t. There’s no accountability, no buy-in, among civilian unionized employees. We mean nothing to them. It’s like going to the DMV for your health care.”

Over the past four years, the veteran tells me, he has been under direct VA care for two major line-of-duty-related injuries, including one combat-related injury. One of the medical centers that treated him — or rather mistreated him and maltreated him — is the Coatesville, Pa., VA. It’s the same facility where four vets died due to medical malpractice, leading to nearly $1.4 million in settlements to vets’ families, according to The Center for Investigative Reporting.

The harrowing cases included two fatal failures to monitor patients, improper management of a psychiatric patient, and wrongful diagnosis or misdiagnosis of a patient.

These details are all too familiar to my reader.

“I have been misdiagnosed, had a missed diagnosis, and had delays of care lasting months,” he says. “My records have been lost, changed, split and mismanaged.” He has experienced firsthand the same “slow-walking” of care that millions of other VA patients have encountered and scores have died from — a systemic modus operandi of “lie, delay, deny.”

The vet gets a catch in his voice as he relates a horrible anecdote. After refusing to return to the Coatesville facility and seeking treatment at another VA clinic one day, he became nauseous.

Instead of allowing him to lie down on a gurney, a nurse made him vomit outside so he wouldn’t soil the bed. He believes the office was open not to treat patients, but as a front for nurses to pick up extra shifts. He has encountered similar degrading and condescending treatment across the VA system.

When he appealed for help and advocacy within the system, the veteran was met with a stone wall of “Not My Job”-ism. Through denials of care, contraindicated medications, repeated mistakes and delays of pharmacy items, he endured callousness, humiliation and stigmatization. “When I get angry, they call me ‘crazy.’” Classic blame-the-victim tactics from the VA abusers.

Big Government politicians want to throw more funding at the VA, as usual. The veteran offers a scathing reality check:

“There is ample money to address the needs of American veterans,” he says. “The problem is far deeper and more dangerous than just secret waiting lists. The VA almost killed me; my health is worse now than it was when I entered care; my quality of life and living conditions have been nothing short of horrific as I have waited years for adjudication of my benefits case, which in the end was botched.”

Again, the vet refuses to candy-coat the roots of the festering VA scandal:

“The problem is not just waiting lists. It is utter fraudulent expenditure of enormous budgets, not on veterans, but on overpaid lazy, surly civilian employees that often make it clear that a) they do not like veterans and b) that the veteran is actually a nuisance. The problem is endemic, at every level, in the VA. The unfortunate fact of the matter is this: Veterans have become incidental to the process at the VA.”

The system is “an enormous cash cow, warehousing tens of thousands of overpaid employees” who “keep the gravy-train rolling.” The vet has a plea on behalf of all of his brothers and sisters who are drowning in the VA’s “lie, delay, deny” abyss:

“Please, don’t let this die.”

CORRECTION: In last week’s column, I erroneously stated that ProgressNow was responsible for an attack ad against Colorado GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo. The ad was sponsored by Protect Colorado Values, a separate Democrat-linked outfit.

About: Michelle Malkin
Michelle Malkin is the author of “Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies” & “Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild“. Her e-mail address is malknblog@gmail.com.

Ammoland Click to read AmmoLand FTC Marital Disclosures Distributed to you by - AmmoLand.com – The Shooting Sports News source.
  • One User comment to “A Fed-Up Veteran Blasts VA’s ‘Lie, Delay, Deny’ Abyss”

    1. Nicks87 on June 22, 2014 at 7:55 PM said:

      This article is total BS. I work at a VA hospital and have to deal with people like this whiney, entitlement, cry baby everyday. They act like they have priority over everyone else and get upset when they have to wait or dont get what they want (usually they just want perscription pain-killers!). The VA provides great care and for most veterans it’s free. My advice is: dont look a gift horse in the mouth and if you dont like the care the VA provides then get a real job that has health insurance or get on Obama-care.

    Leave a Comment

    • Sign up Ammoland for your Inbox

      Daily Digest

      Monthly Newsletter

    • Recent Comments

      • TexStan: This magazine was never the pinnacle of journalism, but at one time years ago had some amusing pop-culture...
      • Janek: Methinks the decreeing Council-Man’s views on control are discounting ‘free will’ and...
      • RON CHAMBLEE: I HAVE LOVED THE DANIEL DEFENSE COMPANY FOR MANY YEARS BUT I CAN’T AFFORD TO BUY A HIGH QUALITY...
      • Paul Weissler: This laser training kit works great with our OCATS Marksmanship Training system. Using OCATS...
      • TSgt B: Just called her office to ask 2 questions: Who is her physician, and will he/she prescribe me the same meds...
    • Social Activity

    • Most Popular Posts

      • Google+ Direct Connect

      Copyright 2014 AmmoLand.com Shooting Sports News | Sitemap | Μολὼν λαβέ

      Win a Daniel Defense DDM4v9 Rifle

      Subscribe and receive our emails , the drawing will be August 15, 2014 maybe you will be the lucky shooter receiving a Daniel Defense DDM4v9 Rifle. For more information visit the Daniel Defense promotional page.
      Monthly email subscription from Ammoland
      11964840
      12515568