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US Senator Tom Coburn Report: Friendly Fire: Death, Delay and Dismay At The VA. (2014)

US Senator Tom Coburn Report: Friendly Fire: Death, Delay and Dismay At The VA. (2014)

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Dear Taxpayers,

Too many men and women who bravely fought for our freedom are losing their lives, not at the hands of terrorists or enemy
combatants, but from friendly fire in the form of medical malpractice and neglect by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Split-second medical decisions in a war zone or in an emergency room can mean the difference between life and death. Yet at the VA, the urgency of the battlefield is lost in the lethargy of the bureaucracy. Veterans wait months just to see a doctor and the Department has systemically covered up delays and deaths they have caused. For decades, the Department has struggled to deliver timely care to veterans.

The reason veterans care has suffered for so long is Congress has failed to hold the VA accountable. Despite years of warnings from government investigators about efforts to cook the books, it took the unnecessary deaths of veterans denied care from Atlanta to Phoenix to prompt Congress to finally take action. On June 11, 2014, the Senate recently approved a bipartsan bill to
allow veterans who cannot receive a timely doctor’s appointment to go to another doctor outside of the VA.
Dear Taxpayers,

Too many men and women who bravely fought for our freedom are losing their lives, not at the hands of terrorists or enemy
combatants, but from friendly fire in the form of medical malpractice and neglect by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Split-second medical decisions in a war zone or in an emergency room can mean the difference between life and death. Yet at the VA, the urgency of the battlefield is lost in the lethargy of the bureaucracy. Veterans wait months just to see a doctor and the Department has systemically covered up delays and deaths they have caused. For decades, the Department has struggled to deliver timely care to veterans.

The reason veterans care has suffered for so long is Congress has failed to hold the VA accountable. Despite years of warnings from government investigators about efforts to cook the books, it took the unnecessary deaths of veterans denied care from Atlanta to Phoenix to prompt Congress to finally take action. On June 11, 2014, the Senate recently approved a bipartsan bill to
allow veterans who cannot receive a timely doctor’s appointment to go to another doctor outside of the VA.

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To care or him who shall have borne the battle and or his widow, and his orphan.
The Department o Veterans Affairs Motto
 
- Abraham Lincoln 

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