… by Jim W. Dean, VT Editor …with Press TV, Tehran
US military veterans are forced to wait for an extended period before receiving medical care, an “ongoing horror” that has been going on for “ages,” a political commentator Jim W. Dean in Atlanta says.
You can listen to the 3 minute phone interview on PressTV here.
Problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) came to light this past spring when more than 40 veterans allegedly died while waiting for care after being kept off the books at a VA facility in Phoenix, sparked outrage from all corners and forcing the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.
The VA scandal broke when it was revealed that many staffs in VA facilities were fiddling with records or even creating fake lists to meet a VA standard of offering appointments within two weeks of a request.
Veterans seeking medical care must go through an endless series of procedures that “just drags out and drags out,” said Jim Dean, managing editor and columnist at Veterans Today.
“It’s just an ongoing horror; it’s been like this for ages and it’s just a shame,” Dean told Press TV on Saturday. “Hopefully now, we’re getting more attention and the public will rise up and say you have to finally fix this.”
The number of American combat veterans waiting for more than 30 days for healthcare appointments has dramatically increased.
In June, the number of wait-listed veterans doubled or even tripled at most of the Veteran Affairs hospitals and clinics across the US, an analysis of the most recent VA data shows.
He is working to find time now to database his extensive video archive of Americana and interviews filmed during his public TV days so individual topic segments can be key word searched to quickly use in future multi-media projects.
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