From the Blaze: Chad Fleming, a veteran who served in the 75th Ranger Regiment, says the VA took an X-ray of his artificial leg to prove he was actually an amputee. Though they could have referenced his extensive medical history or just used their eyes, he said, they wasted precious resources taking an X-ray of a leg that “doesn’t exist.”
“[The doctor] actually laughed,” Fleming said. “And I told him, I said, ‘You wonder why the country is in such a deficit? It’s because you’re wasting money taking X-rays of a leg that doesn’t exist.’ It’s like, ‘Dude I’m not a starfish. It isn’t going to grow back.’”
Fleming was one of a group of veterans Glenn Beck invited to his farm, where he gave the men some beer and asked them to discuss the events of the day.
“Lone Survivor” author Marcus Luttrell was also there, and he too had few kind words to say about the VA.
“The last time I was in there to set up for a surgery, I was sitting in the waiting room … watching television. And a special came on the news about a guy who got AIDS from re-used medical equipment in the VA,” Luttrell said. “It was the same procedure I was fixing to get. I’m gone. Deuces. I walked out, man.”
Luttrell said he also tried to get a dentist appointment once, but after waiting four hours for an appointment, he was told he would only be able to make “an appointment to come back to make your appointment.”
“I don’t even know what that means,” Luttrell remarked, adding that in the end he received treatment in the private sector.
The group also expressed disgust with how the the government prioritizes the needs of veterans.
“Get this — sleep apnea is a higher disability rating than a missing leg,” Fleming said.