Nov. 11, 2023

If you care about our Veterans, then vote for leaders who care about our Veterans.

Today we celebrate Veterans’ Day with parades and free meals at Applebees and airshows. But if you really care about our Veterans demand, the VA is held accountable for treating Vets timely.

Let me be clear: Being an American soldier was the greatest honor of my life.

I still remember it like it was yesterday—walking into the Army recruiting station at the age of 34 and going through the process of enlisting. I lived in LA at the time. I remember, after an entire day of physical exams and testing, standing there and taking the oath. About a month later, I reported for basic training.

In 2005, as the war raged and cable news channels were consumed by daily reports of U.S. servicemen killed in action, I flew to St. Louis, Missouri, where the military bussed recruits to Fort Leonard Wood. I arrived late at night, greeted by a drill sergeant. 9–11 paintings were on the walls of the barracks.

For the next 12 weeks, I drilled from 4:30 am every day and molded into a soldier. I remember, at the very end of the longest week of my life, standing with my platoon at attention at night, with a bonfire, being sworn in. I was now officially an American Soldier.

That wasn’t the end. That was just the beginning. I trained for the next three years before I volunteered to go to Iraq. In January 2008, I walked out the door and went off to the war, not knowing if I would ever see home again. Even though we were headed to the desert environment of Iraq, the Army, in its wisdom (and incompetence), sent us to Fort Dix, New Jersey, to train in the winter snow. We trained there until May 2008.

It was there that I suffered a spinal injury so severe that I was flown back to LA, where I underwent spine surgery. I was so fortunate to serve with some of our nation’s best. They were my heroes. I was desperate to return to the fight to protect them and fight by their sides. They were my brothers. By August 2008, I was asking command to rejoin my unit in Iraq. But army doctors refused to allow it. And they were right. I went on a different mission, guarding a key military shipping port. Again, my back injury came back. I was done.

But then my real nightmare began. The Army refused me any further help. I even filed an appeal with my congressman. I just suffered for years. In 2012, my back was in such terrible condition, and I broke down and went to the VA. The VA made it its mission at that time to refuse medical services. They told me the earliest appointment was nine months away. I actually went to that appointment, but they canceled it without any notice.

In 2015, CNN reported 305K Vets had died while waiting for care.

“The VA’s inspector general found that out of about 800,000 records stalled in the agency’s system for managing health care enrollment, there were more than 307,000 records that belonged to veterans who had died months or years in the past.

After Trump was elected, everything changed radically for the better. I could actually get timely appointments and actual care. Two years ago, I finally had spine surgery that truly helped. That was a decade after I went to the VA to ask for help. That was the Trump VA that finally helped me.

Today, under Biden, the VA has fallen back to delays and failing to timely treat critical medical issues. The Biden VA is breaking the law by failing to timely treat veterans or send them to outside doctors. The law requires the VA to provide a doctor within 30 days or send veterans to outside doctors. Neither is happening. I can tell you from first-hand experience. VA doctors try desperately not to send veterans to specialists. They lie to veterans about medical issues. Again, that happened to me in September.

It is medical malpractice for the VA not to timely treat critical medical issues. And the VA has been successfully sued for this in the recent past.

Army Veteran Stephen Carey

Stephen T. Carey was 42 years old last year when he died from Stage 4 cancer all alone in his mother’s basement. Stephen’s destiny was cast in stone, according to a lawsuit filed recently against the VA for malpractice, when VA doctors failed to test and diagnose renal cancer back in 2011 through 2015 on three separate occasions.

The death stemmed from a cost-savings practice at the VA where nurses and non-licensed medical staff cancel consultations after licensed medical doctors who’ve examined veterans issue referrals (consultations) to a specialist. This practice by the VA is a direct threat to the lives of Veterans. The practice is done with reckless disregard for the current health issues and needs of veterans in order to save money for the VA.

Local lawyer Paul Padda successfully sued the VA for malpractice and won threes after Army veteran Carey died.

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