HOW BAD IS THE VA MESS?
Doug Chase served in the Vietnam War – one of 2.59 million Americans who did so. In 2011, he had a brain tumor. Later, his wife sought to move his treatment at a VA facility in Bedford, Massachusetts, which was closer to their home. Chase and his wife, Suzanne, never got a response before Chase died in 2012.
According to reports from Breitbart News and a CBS News affiliate in Boston. Massachusetts, though, the VA did reply to Chase’s request – about two years after he died from the effects of the cancer. “It was 22 months too late, I kind of thought I was in the twilight zone when I opened this letter and read it,” Suzanne Chase told the CBS affiliate in Boston.
The letter said, “We are committed to providing primary care in a timely manner and would greatly appreciate a prompt response.” Suzanne Chase noted that the VA should have known of her husband’s death because she applied for VA funeral benefits, the agency denied them due to the fact that Mr. Chase had not been treated in a VA hospital.
When contacted by local media, the media rep’s response was, “Oh, dear.” Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson reportedly attempted to call Mrs. Chase, but only left a voice mail. A statement from the VA said that Gibson would attempt to contact Mrs. Chase again.
The scandal about VA treatment broke when revelations of “separate waiting lists” at the Phoenix VA medical center emerged. At least 40 vets died in as a result of the Phoenix medical center’s practice of using separate waiting lists to conceal long waiting times. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Erik Shinseki resigned after the scandal broke.