Local veterans fight for better treatment
Posted May 10
Cary, N.C. — 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.