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Obama: ‘We All Know It Often Takes Too Long for Veterans to Get the Care They Need’

by Susan Jones, CNS News:

“Even if we had not heard reports out of this Phoenix facility or other facilities, we all know that it often takes too long for veterans to get the care that they need,” President Obama said Wednesday in his first public comments on the growing scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

That’s not a new development. It’s been a problem for decades. And it’s been compounded by more than a decade of war. That’s why, when I came into office, I said we would systematically work to fix these problems, and we have been working really hard to address them.”

The president noted that he served on the Veterans Affairs Committee when he was a U.S. senator — “and it was one of the proudest pieces of business that I did in the legislature.”

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3 comments to Obama: ‘We All Know It Often Takes Too Long for Veterans to Get the Care They Need’

  • Rodster

    They fight your bullshit wars and that’s the thanks you give them?

  • rich

    Miami VA Whistleblower Exposes Drug Dealing, Theft, Abuse

    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – When asked why he would risk his job and speak publicly, Detective Thomas Fiore considered the question carefully before answering.

    “People are dying,” he finally said, “and there are so many things that are going on there that people need to know about.”

    Fiore, a criminal investigator for the VA police department in South Florida, contacted CBS4 News hoping to shed light on what he considers a culture of cover-ups and bureaucratic neglect. Among his charges: Drug dealing on the hospital grounds is a daily occurrence.

    “Anything from your standard prescription drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet, and of course marijuana, cocaine, heroin, I’ve come across them all,” he explained.

    Even inside the hospital, he says he was stopped from doing his job – investigating reports of missing drugs from the VA pharmacy. When the amount of a particular drug inside the pharmacy doesn’t match the amount that the pharmacy is supposed to have, a report, known as a “discrepancy report” is generated. Normally it was his job to investigate the reports to determine if they were the result of harmless mistakes or criminal activity. But all that changed, he said, about two years ago.

    “I was instructed that I was to stop conducting investigations pertaining to controlled substance discrepancies,” he recalled.

    He said he was personally told to stop investigating them by the hospital’s chief of staff, Dr. Vincent DeGennaro.

    “I have no idea why,” he said. “He’s the chief of staff he doesn’t have to tell me why.”

  • J

    This situation exists because someone in government wants it to… It is not that someone just woke up and realized that Vet HC is a mess, it has been going on for a long time and it is not an accident nor an oversight.

    When things like this suddenly become “Newz” it is usually cover to divert attention from something even more serious… Watch what the other hand is doing.

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