DURHAM: Veteran says VA is waiting for them to die - Local news, weather, sports Savannah | WSAV On Your Side

Veteran says VA is waiting for them to die

Posted: Updated:
“Veterans have been talking about this, veterans advocates have been talking about this, and it just appears that no one listens,” said Patricia Harris. “Veterans have been talking about this, veterans advocates have been talking about this, and it just appears that no one listens,” said Patricia Harris.
DURHAM, N.C. -

Day in and day out, staff at the Durham VA Medical Center work to give veterans their well-earned care.

“I’ve been coming to this Durham VA since September 1997,”explained veteran Audrey Dundee.

For some it’s smooth sailing.

“To this day I have zero complaints,” Dundee added.

But many others don’t have the same experience.

“Veterans have been talking about this, veterans advocates have been talking about this, and it just appears that no one listens,” said Patricia Harris.

She is head of American Legion of North Carolina and a 22-year U.S. Army veteran herself. Harris said she’s heard complaint after complaint about veterans not being scheduled or having their appointments canceled without notice.

“It’s amazing they survived the war, and then they come home and then die? because they’re not able to get medical treatment on time?” Harris explained.

"The goal is to have patients seen within 14 days,” said Shannon Mann, spokesperson for the Durham VA.

It’s a nation-wide problem that now has every VA hospital in the country being audited.

While preparing for the audit, the Durham VA placed two employees on administrative leave while the VA investigates allegations of “inappropriate scheduling practices.” The VA would not go into what that means.

“These two employees may or may not have been following that practice,” said Mann.

“Someone has to be accountable for this,” said Harris, “and to (have the employees) just be put on leave? What if those lives that they were cooking books and playing around with these schedules were in danger?” she questioned.

The Durham VA will not admit fault of any of their employees and says they believe the audit will show they’re scheduling is on track.

“It’s like a cancer, there are a lot of things that need to be looked at and I think that audit is first of many,” Harris said.

"Obviously this is dealing with people's lives and we want to take every means necessary that were doing a thorough review because it affects them and it affects our center so we want to do it right,” said Mann.

For many veterans it’s a battle on the home front they never thought they’d have to fight

“Many of them think that all the VA is doing is waiting for the veterans to die,” added Harris.

Copyright 2014 WNCN. All rights reserved.

Jonathan Rodriguez

Jonathan Rodriguez is an investigative reporter and member of the WNCN Investigates team. His storytelling specialty is connecting the dots to get to the truth, with a goal of delivering results for our community. If you have something you’d like WNCN to investigate, contact Jonathan.

More>>

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Fatal Beauty: Former Miss Savannah Breaks Silence about Killing Boyfriend

    Fatal Beauty: Former Miss Savannah Breaks Silence about Killing Boyfriend

    Thursday, July 31 2014 1:46 PM EDT2014-07-31 17:46:52 GMT
    Eleven years ago Savannah ignited worldwide attention when the city's beauty queen of just 4 months was charged with the murder of her boyfriend.
    Eleven years ago Savannah ignited worldwide attention when the city's beauty queen of just 4 months was charged with the murder of her boyfriend.
  • Screams, panic caught on video as shark charges at swimmers near beach

    Screams, panic caught on video as shark charges at swimmers near beach

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:48:04 GMT
    Facebook image from Dan FlynnFacebook image from Dan Flynn
    A Florida beach cleared out – with the exception of a woman and lifeguard who tried to save her – when a shark was spotted heading straight toward swimmers on Tuesday afternoon. The panic of the 10-foot shark and people screaming from the pier was caught on tape.
    A Florida beach cleared out – with the exception of a woman and lifeguard who tried to save her – when a shark was spotted heading straight toward swimmers on Tuesday afternoon. The panic of the 10-foot shark and people screaming from the pier was caught on tape.
  • Want to Repel Mosquitoes? There's an App for That

    Want to Repel Mosquitoes? There's an App for That

    The latest buzz on mosquito season... it's here and it can be miserable. I seem to attract mosquitoes. Every time I step outside, I get bit. But there's a new high-tech weapon that could help, and it doesn't come in the form of a spray or clip. It's simply a free app on your smartphone.Anti-mosquito apps give off ultrasonic frequencies that are designed to scare the mosquitoes away. They do this by either mimicking the sounds of mosquito predators, such as dragonflies and bats, or by using th...
    The latest buzz on mosquito season... it's here and it can be miserable. I seem to attract mosquitoes. Every time I step outside, I get bit. But there's a new high-tech weapon that could help, and it doesn't come in the form of a spray or clip. It's simply a free app on your smartphone.Anti-mosquito apps give off ultrasonic frequencies that are designed to scare the mosquitoes away. They do this by either mimicking the sounds of mosquito predators, such as dragonflies and bats, or by using th...
Powered by WorldNow

1430 East Victory Drive
Savannah, GA 31404

Telephone: 912.651.0300
Fax: 912.651.0320
Email: newsemailalert@wsav.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.