As if fighting overseas wasn’t a challenge enough for our men and women in uniform, for many of those who are wounded, their greatest battle comes when they have to deal with our Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).
Last year, 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.
That’s not the kind of care that those who defend our country deserve, and it’s a scary reminder of the realities of government run healthcare. They wouldn’t even help a triple amputee veteran be replacing a broken wheelchair. You’d think that would be pretty easy to replace a wheelchair, no? Not for the government, apparently.
Via Facebook Senior Airman Brian Kolfage wrote:
In August of 2016 I formally notified the veterans administration that my wheelchairs were broke, unsafe, and falling apart.
Paperwork was submitted and approved to get my wheelchairs replaced in September. They even sent the vendors to my house for measurements.
Today I sit waiting, calling and asking where in the hell are my wheelchairs? My only mode of transportation seconds from being gone. Should I just drag my ass across the floor EVERYWHERE I go?
This is the same VA who took 6 months + a call to congress to replace a missing/broken $100 wheel on my same wheelchair. They wouldn’t even allow me to buy the wheel through a third party and fix it… because apparently I’m not competent enough to tighten a damn nut on a bolt. I can change a car tire, but hell no not a wheelchair tire! More BS of the govt trying to control our lives.
What, is the government this broke they can’t afford new wheelchairs for a triple amputee?
Over the past 8 years I’ve watched the VA go down that damn tubes, and you know who promised to fix it and didn’t… the outgoing president.
So while I sit here waiting and waiting using dangerously unsafe wheelchairs that are duct taped together, I hope you take the time to share THIS EVERYWHERE. This is just one story and one of many insane incidents I’ve faced with the VA, but there are thousands upon thousands of us being screwed over. If it’s happening to a triple amputee who’s pretty public with things, it’s even worse for those who don’t voice their concerns.
Ultimately I want my new wheelchairs, but I also am so sick of the bullshit I deal with I want to help President Trump’s next VA leader make the proper changes. I need you to share this, help people see what’s going on, because it’s a damn clusterfuck of incompetence at the VA and it’s the exact opposite of what combat wounded veterans need.
People wonder why suicide rates are so high, it’s because of the VA; they do more harm to these guys coming back than good.
I’ve been in the VA trenches for 12 years now since I was wounded. I’ve used every program they have, and have seen what works and what doesn’t.
We need to fix the VA, I know how to make simple fixes that will make lives easier for veterans, and save tax payers money.
If the VA is going to get fixed, the trump transition team needs to hear our concerns and actually talk to veterans like myself.
The other day Trump was interviewing Toby Cosgrove, who is the CEO of Cleveland Clinic, to head the VA. If Mr. Trump is considering Dr. Cosgrove for the VA spot, it would not be the first time the Vietnam War veteran found himself in the running.
It would be great to have someone whose actually a veteran, and has experience running hospitals running the VA. The private sector does everything better than government, so having business people in charge of government agencies is a large improvement.
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