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Local veterans fight for better treatment

Posted May 10, 2014

— Veterans from Fayetteville to the Triangle gathered Saturday at the US Veteran Corps Operations Center in Cary to speak out for accountability and justice. 

Local veterans are fighting for better treatment from the VA after reports that as many as 40 people died while waiting for critical tests and appointments at a VA hospital in Phoenix, AZ. 

Veteran Kathleen Volandt is leading the charge locally.

"We are dishonoring everybody that has ever worn the uniform with these kinds of problems with the VA," she said. 

Volandt was chosen to charge Capital Hill last month to fight for the VA Accountability Act. The Act would give VA secretaries the authority to fire agency executives for poor performance. 

Voldant was injured when a piece of equipment fell on her during a military training exercise. She was 19. 

"I lived it," she said. "Having a problem getting an appointment and fighting for treatment."

This week, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki sent a message to all concerned veterans saying that VA facilities are safe.  

Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said progress has been made, but there is room to grow. 

"We made progress, but we haven't made enough progress. The Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs understands there's a lot of work to be done," Dempsey said. 





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  • pat7 May 12, 2014

    People who are in charge most likely never seen combat nor was ever in the military .So any body catch mis-treating Vets should be Shipped to Afganistan or Iraq and let them see what treat they get over there

  • Robin Cubbon May 12, 2014
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    i have received good care at the durham va and so has my partner who needed surgery for a pancreatic cyst. i see a lot of hard working folks there that are veterans themselves. i have not had better care by civilians. they are trying to serve a large group of folks and the lines can be long but i see that as a result of budget cuts and not the fault of the va. i have been grateful to have health care there. i would suggest being mad at congress for the lack of the funds and resources that the va needs. the ethical problem is there. i see the va trying to cope with the workload. obviously not everyone has a great experience but those that do rarely write about it. folks that have a bad experience talk about it to anyone that will listen. folks on welfare are not getting better service than veterans and i don't begrudge anyone the help they need. the next time big corporate persons get to pay no taxes [like exxon to name one] think about how veterans lose out.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" May 12, 2014

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    Agreed!!! I've faced the very same thing, long waiting lines and lists, second-third generation drugs, refusal to get first-generation drugs when those old drugs don't work for me, an eye exam provided but no way to get the new glasses the eye exam said I needed, now I need cataract surgery in both eyes, am 67 years old, have Medicare and no hopes of finding the $$$ for the co-pay for that surgery and no help from the VA for it either.
    What have I gained from military service? Only a distrust in our government.

    And what's truly tragic is seeing military veterans doing without needed medical care, military veterans who have to pay for it once the budget for the year runs out. Yet a welfare mom can get medical care for herself and her children a full 12 months.

    What's wrong with that picture!?!

  • "Screen Name-8/20" May 12, 2014

    Praying for all veterans including myself. The lines for services are so long at both the VAMC in Durham and Fayetteville, I don't even go to either anymore even though I have the right to.
    Medicare isn't much better because doctors can refuse to take Medicare patients, so I'm basically just waiting for something serious enough to require an ER visit, like many are.
    And for those who wore one of the country's uniforms, that's tragic.
    What right does the US have to criticize other countries for medical service failures, etc. when it's STILL happening right here - years after Chinese journalists reported thousands of US military veterans homeless, often ill, and living on the streets here?
    Shameful, just shameful!!!
    Prayers for us all!!!

  • Sam Dutes May 12, 2014
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    I hope your private doctor takes medicare patients........

  • govtpackmule May 12, 2014

    "When I reach 65, as a veteran, I would never trust the VA to treat me but I would trust my private physician (who would be paid by Medicare) to treat me." - King

    That looks good on paper, but the government will still be holding the purse strings. They will decide what your doctor gets paid (they do nor for Medicare) and I doubt you doctor will have free reign to perform any and all tests he/she feels necessary. Doctors will begin to get fed up as many have with the Medicare system then before you know it we'll all be using government run hospitals.

  • Ron Coleman May 12, 2014
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    No thank you for taking your time to post on this matter, and I have given up on the VA medical benefits, it is just not worth the fight to get this entitlement. People that are not vets I no idea what a veteran has to go through to get anything that was promised during the recruitment stage of entering the military. I have some agent orange related illnesses but the paper work to claim it is 26 pages long, I threw it in the basket. I could go on but it would be all for not because the government will not take the time to investigate and report the true facts because I/we are just peons and it just isn't worth it.

  • Sherrill Craig May 12, 2014
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    THANK YOU for pointing this out. I think people should know what they are clamoring for, when they want a single-payer system.

  • Wacky_dood May 12, 2014

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    I disagree. There is a difference between a government run hospital (VA Medical Centers) and a government health insurance program (Medicare).

    When I reach 65, as a veteran, I would never trust the VA to treat me but I would trust my private physician (who would be paid by Medicare) to treat me.

  • jwbmom1965 May 12, 2014

    All the money spent and given to these other countries that hate our guts, that money should be spent on our OWN people, ESPECIALLY the ones who have fought for our freedoms!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!