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Vet Gets Primary Care Appointment 2 Years After Death

From the CBS Boston affiliate, WBZ-TV:

Acton Vet Finally Gets VA Doctor’s Appointment – 2 Years After He Died

By Joe Shortsleeve | June 30, 2014

ACTON (CBS) – Suzanne Chase of Acton’s … husband, Doug, a Vietnam veteran was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2011. In 2012, she tried to move his medical care to the Veterans Affairs hospital in Bedford.

“It was so difficult for him to take the ambulance ride into Boston, we wanted to be closer.” They waited about four months and never heard anything. Then Douglas Chase died in August 2012.

But two weeks ago, he got a letter, from the VA in Bedford, saying he could now call to make an appointment to see a primary care doctor. “It was addressed to my husband and I opened it,” said Suzanne Chase. “I was in complete disbelief.”

Chase says she will never forget that walk from the mailbox.  “It was 22 months too late, I kind of thought I was in the twilight zone when I opened this letter and read it.”

At the bottom of the letter, dated June 12, it reads: “We are committed to providing primary care in a timely manner and would greatly appreciate a prompt response.” “I was like you have to be kidding, right,” Chase recalled.

She says the VA had to know her husband was dead because she applied for funeral benefits two years ago and was denied.

The reason for the denial: Her husband was never treated at a VA hospital…

Huh? He is still a dead veteran.

She wrote a letter to the Bedford VA two weeks ago, but once again, no response. “I am hoping if other people speak out, they can improve the system, so no one else dies waiting for an appointment.”

When WBZ contacted the VA and told them about this I-Team story, the media person’s initial response was simply: “Oh, dear.” …

The Beford VA has since issued a statement. Which is just full of the usual empty claptrap.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Vet Gets Primary Care Appointment 2 Years After Death”

  1. Petronius

    How many people died in Watergate?

    Just asking . . . .

  2. canary

    Whistleblower was ordered to ‘change dead veterans to being still alive’ at the AZ VA when the scandal first came out.

    So, is this a wide spread problem too in covering up the growing number of VA hospitals that were cooking the books.

    So was this done at the growing number of VA hospitals that were cooking the books?

    Strange, my dad said he was not going back to the VA right before this came out, but he would not listen to me they were screwing him over or allow me to help him.

    He always ends up having to go to a private doctor to get any real help.

    that died to being aliveOne of the VA in AZ whistleblowers said when the scandal first broke out they changed veterans that had already died
    to still being alive.

    So was changing veterans from dead to alilve done at the growing number of VA hospitals

    • canary

      Wanna bet? I’ll bet Obama pressured females veterans to get appointments before men did.
      They should look at those numbers.


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