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May-20-2014 22:09printcomments

Veterans Affairs Scandal Investigated

Veterans dying while they wait for a doctor is beyond the pale for Americans.

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(MEDIA, PA) - The VA has been caught with its pants down. VA Medical Centers all across the Country are under investigation, a scandal that should not have happened.

40 plus Veterans died while waiting up to 21 months to be seen by specialist doctors for various life threatening illnesses at the VAMC Phoenix, Arizona. More deaths are also reported at other VAMC’s nationwide. This is blatant mismanagement if not criminal under the supposedly watchful eye of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.

Military veterans organizations are calling for the secretary to be fired and prosecuted for mismanagement and answer for these untimely deaths.

Undersecrertary for Health Dr. Robert Petzel was scheduled to retire this summer, but VA Secretary Eric Shinseki asked for his resignation early and he officially resigned last Friday.

Likewise, Under Secretary for benefits Allison Hickey should resign or be immediately fired.

The Inspector General of the United States has been directed to conduct an investigation into the allegations’ brought upon the VA.

Paul E. Travis, MSgt, USAF, retired, Veterans advocate said, “It’s time that all Veterans unite to stop the mismanagement atrocity known as Veterans Affairs from further harming veterans." Mr. Travis is well known among the Veteran population.

John Paul Rossie, Executive Director, Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association speaks out to Congress to conduct a Congressional investigation sighting the VA scandal.

Veterans are treated like a piece of meat. Often they are handed pills, narcotics for pain and antidepressants to calm them down and shoved out the door.

Medically this sort of action solves nothing. Is this proper care for our veterans at VA hospitals? I think not.

The American people should demand that our Congress step in and stop the atrocities that take place at VA Medical Centers. Demand that our Veterans be properly cared for. They gave their all for our Country, we now need to give our all to them.

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John Bury represents both his interests and those of military veterans, with an emphasis on the U.S. Navy, and specific interest in health-related issues stemming from Agent Orange contamination; a rampant problem affecting so many who didn't necessarily have the deadly chemical dropped on their heads while fighting in Vietnam's jungles. John was onboard the USS Sacramento (AOE-1) a fast combat support ship from Oct. 1967 to Feb. 1972, making four deployments to Vietnam waters.

Now an activist and writer, John lives in the aptly named Pennsylvania city, Media, where he continues to seek justice while becoming a larger and larger voice of the movement. John has a college degree (AS) Management from Delaware County Community College, and he taught disciplines of engineering at Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades. When he isn't writing articles, performing research or rallying support for his fellow military veterans, John enjoys fishing; he is an amateur artist, and also spends time gardening and traveling. You can write to John Bury at Email: johnb1936@verizon.net

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