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Local veterans angry about national VA scandal


Veterans at the Derby VFW post are angry at the veterans hospital scandal going on while saying they

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Derby, Kan. -- "I'm angry," says Navy veteran Andy Reeves about the current controversy in the news about trouble at some Veterans Hospitals.

Vietnam veteran Steve McDonald sitting next to Reeves says, "It's something that us veterans here talk a lot about because it's.. take care of our wounded."

Leon Cook served 28 years in the army spanning the Vietnam war through Desert Storm. Cook says his conflict with the V.A. medical system is with management rather than the staff. Cook says, "I put in for something that was wrong with me and it took them eight months to give me a reply on it. So it's not the doctors and any of that stuff. It's the logistics part of it, getting it done, getting it signed and getting it approved."

Wednesday President Obama said if the allegations at some Veterans Hospitals prove to be true, it is dishonorable and disgraceful. The president says he won't tolerate it.

McDonald says, "I think Wichita here, I think the doctors and nurses are trying to do the best they can do with what they have. I blame a lot on the administration."

Reeves says, "I've had to use the V.A. (hospital). I was in an accident. I'm really happy with the service that I've gotten."

But Reeves says he's also heard from veterans who've had to wait.
"I've talked with many of these guys who do have to wait for everything from lab to prosthetics. And it's heartbreaking, at times, to see some of these guys who've really got it bad."


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