Photo depicts veteran lying on the ground while waiting for care at the VA

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UNACCEPTABLE. Heads need to roll for this.

From WSBTV: (DURHAM, N.C.) A couple posted photos on Facebook and said veterans waited for hours in pain inside the Durham VA Medical Center.

Stephen McMenamin, a former U.S. Marine, was there for treatment, and his wife took the pictures. “My wife found it upsetting, so she took a couple pictures,” he said.

He said a veteran on the ground was using his bag of medication for a pillow after being denied an available reclining chair.

The nurse started yelling at him, telling him he can’t do that. He’s like, ‘I can’t get up and I won’t get up. I will be here until you can see me. Can I please have a blanket?’” McMenamin said. That Facebook post was shared more than 80,000 times.

McMenamin said they started hearing from other veterans and their families. “All these people, and it was, you know, it’s been kind of heartbreaking,” he said.

The hospital’s chief executive nurse responded and told McMenamin that the matter is being investigated.

Rep. Robert Pittenger said this just reaffirms his push to hold VA employees more accountable. “It’s absolutely tragic,” he said. “It’s frankly reflective of what we’ve seen from the VA, and that’s why I sponsored last year and this year, the VA Accountability Act.”

Commander of the North Carolina VFW said things in the state have improved drastically, but he said if an investigation confirms what is depicted in these photos, then the staff responsible should be fired. “There’s no question about it, I mean, there’s no acceptable reason why this should have happened,” Commander Doug Blevins said.

Statement from the Medical Center Director DeAnne Seekins:

“We take seriously any allegation of poor service. I was made aware of a regrettable incident that occurred in our Emergency Department over the weekend and am thankful someone cared enough to share the incident with us. Our mission is to provide the highest level of health care to Veterans, so upon learning of the incident, I took swift action. The employee was immediately removed from patient care pending the results of an internal review.

h/t Twitchy

DCG

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26 responses to “Photo depicts veteran lying on the ground while waiting for care at the VA

  1. This is utterly heartbreaking and unconscionable. Let the VA Inspector General know: 1-800-488-8244

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  2. The VA, a fossilized Obama Democrat culture that should be changed…

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  3. Saw this last night , or the night before , whatever . Pathetic sight to see . I wonder if the hospital help had to endure the same pain , how they would react to be treated like a p.o.s. ….

    Quick remedy to this situation would be the words ” YOU’RE FIRED ” !!!!!

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  5. Wow, I know I am going to catch hell for this response but I got to do it.

    I am throwing the BS flag.

    I was at the Durham hospital the same day this incident supposedly occurred. I was in the same clinic area. The veteran made a scene and was acting like a spoiled brat. This did not occur as reported.

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  7. “A couple posted photos on Facebook and said veterans waited for hours in pain inside the Durham VA Medical Center.”

    Like I said in a previous post. I was there on the same day. In addition, I have significant spinal issues and was scheduled for spinal surgery as a result of my appointment. So, this veteran was not the only vet in pain.

    The article said he waited for hours.

    Congratulations, I too waited for several hours for my appointment.

    This guy did not have an appointment and was waiting to see someone in the emergency room. Since he did not have an “emergency” he was appropriately triaged and had to wait.

    “The nurse started yelling at him, telling him he can’t do that.” The nurse DID tell him he could not lay in the floor. The nurse told him this multiple times. I am a little deaf but I did not hear the nurse YELL at the client.

    “The employee was immediately removed from patient care pending the results of an internal review.”

    This is standard practice after any incident. The investigation will be done, the security videos will be reviewed and the nurse will be put back on standard rotation.

    THERE WAS NOTHING WRONG DONE HERE.

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    • So your account of what happened is different from the man who posted this picture. Guess someone should interview the spoiled brat to get his take.

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    • RLJohnson77,

      Thank you for your testimony. I wish the news media would interview you for another perspective on what happened.

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      • Dr Eowyn, I am not saying the VA does not need vast improvements.

        If you have worked in the medical field for any length of time, you know there are people who play this system. This is no different in the VA medical community. Daily, I deal with veterans who work very hard at filing claims for disabilities they do not have. I just finished with a veteran who’s VA paperwork constantly comes back with “THE EVIDENCE DOES NOT SHOW A CURRENTLY DIAGNOSED DISABILITY” This will not stop him. He will continue to file, time and time again, clogging the VA compensation program and causing delays for truly disabled veterans.

        I would encourage everyone to go to their local VA and volunteer their services. Once you have worked there for a few months, you will see positives and negatives on both sides of the equation.

        There are many veterans who really need the services. There are others who play the game to scam the government out of billions.

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  8. This one…

    Like

  9. ManCavePatriot

    It sure would help if all those ‘waiting room’ chairs reclined.

    Like

  10. Today on the local news the veteran apologized.

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    • RLJohnson77 . . . thank you so much for telling “the other side of the story.” I think it is rather telling if the veteran in question went on local tv to make an apology. This would absolutely seem to validate what you viewed that day.

      God Bless You for your service to our country!

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  11. DCG . . . thank you for bringing to us such an interesting story.

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  12. I am a proud widow. My husband served during Vietnam. I am a proud mom. My son served during the first Iraki war. We owe our men and women all because they put their life on the line so we can be free.

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  13. I was a V.A. Employee for over 30 years and once retired started volunteering there within a month and have been for 6+ years now.
    My volunteer group sees from 20 to 40 patients a day 5 days a week and after seeing some 2000-3000 patients I can personally say I can count the complaints I’ve heard on one hand. And most of those had to do with the speed with which one was served. If they want fast then maybe the V.A, ain’t the place to go. But most times it is as fast or faster than private care. When I worked there I knew many employees that were caring and professional and went out of their way to provide the absolute best medical care to our Veterans. Did I see problems? Yes. And so did a lot of other employees. But the ones that were not the problem always went above and beyond the call of duty to correct problems wherever they could. It is very difficult to get rid of problem employees and that’s an area that can use improvement. This goes for middle management too. The V.A. has made a lot of changes over the last few years, to improve the speed and quality of services. Patient Safety and privacy are paramount. But with the changes there has also been a huge increase in the number of patients seen. I’d be willing to bet that the V.A. has increased their capacity and the number of patients seen at a rate that would have crippled most private health systems. Thank You RLJohnson77 for your service to the country. And thank you for defending the V.A. in general. I’ve seen some of these disruptive patients. And you’re right. They think all their problems are somebody else’s fault and when they don’t get their way, right away, they throw a fit. Nobody MADE this guy lay on the floor.
    As the saying goes,
    Fast – Cheap – Good
    Pick Two

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