Veterans Action Network Releases Video Highlighting Veterans’ Healthcare Woes
The Veterans Action Network has released a video highlighting the mistakes made at the cost of Veterans’ health, financials and lives. The video is an online advertising campaign before Election Day on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
In one instance, Dr. Mario DeSanctis was accused of over-prescribing opioid painkillers to Veterans at the Tomah, WI VA hospital which resulted in the death of at least one Veteran. Why would he be so careless, considering the opioid crisis that has been going on in America for years?
In Omaha, the VA Medical Center revealed that there was a secret waiting list of Veterans seeking mental healthcare. The illegal list was hidden by Medical Center employees in order to get around regulations that had been passed by Congress that set strict standards for how waiting lists were to be kept. Much like the mental health topic all across America at every level, it just gets swept under the rug.
In 2018, reports were released of Veterans getting overpaid benefits and then eventually were forced to pay the overpaid benefits back. This not only causes a lot of havoc for the Veterans, but think about the employees being paid for the screwups and then getting paid to clean it all back up. Such a waste in funds that could be used in much needed other places!
Some of the overpaid accidents are realized right away while other accidents go unnoticed for 6-7 years so then the Veteran is forced to pay thousands of dollars back due to “clerical error.” While this is all taken place, Veterans are dying due to malpractice or poor care at the VA. So instead of focusing on those in need, the focus is on the already committed errors.
While some Veterans are underpaid (or in some cases overpaid and then forced to pay back), there are few Veterans who get proper disability benefits for near-death experience in combat.
In 2017, Congress passed legislation that made it easier to “remove, demote or suspend” employees for misconduct or poor performance. The Department of Veterans Affairs is on notice for those who have served the United States and that is positive news for Veterans.