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Compassion In Action is committed to raising society's consciousness!  The following article says it all!!  We must educate the public of the horrors our veterans are facing.  Now it our time to volunteer and help those who put their lives on the line for us!

 

 Veterans wait for health care in overwhelmed VA system

by MELISSA B. ROBINSON

Associated Press

WASHINGTON --Thousands of veterans are being turned away from Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics because of shortages in money and staff, a congressional panel was told Tuesday.

"People are literally waiting until someone else dies before they can be taken care of," said Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., chairman of the House Government subcommittee on national security, veterans affairs and international relations.

In Connecticut, beds in the VA's acute care psychiatric unit were slashed from over 200-30, forcing patients to wait for days for emergency treatment, said Edmund J. Burke, coordinator of veterans services for the state's Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

A VA day program for the mentally ill has a 51 percent staff shortage, Burke said.

In Florida, more than 42,000 veterans are on waiting lists to see a primary care doctor, said Republican Rep. Dave Weldon.

One 80-year-old disabled veteran, who flew 69 missions over Europe as a World War II tail gunner, was rejected by an outpatient clinic that isn't taking any new patients, Weldon said.

To know more of what is going with government and with our Veterans visit the links below!!

Subcommittee Hearing Schedule/Press Releases/Testimony

May 14, 2002 Hearing on: VA Health Care: Structural Problems, Superficial Solutions?

Subcommittee Documents and Information

Veterans Affairs Issues/Gulf War Illness