Sad news to report as a US Army veteran who battled with the Veterans Affairs Department in Georgia over a year to receive a simple colostomy test has died. We've read plenty of Veterans Affairs scandal nightmares over the past year. Unfortunately, this is another one of those.
Yesterday, we shared a story on the disparities of benefits to veterans by the VA. Today's story is a much more personal one as it is one of a loss of life of a military veteran - a loss which possibly could have been prevented if the it wasn't for a year-long wait for a cancer check-up.
Norman Spivey is one of many veterans who have a horror story about mistreatment and delays from the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department. His story came to light as many Americans were learning about the Veterans Affairs scandal which finally led to firings and - hopefully - changes in the VA system.
Spivey, a Vietnam War veteran, tried to schedule a colonoscopy at the VA hospital in Atlanta for over a year, but his requests were never honored. Once he finally did get an appointment the test revealed that he Stage 4 colon cancer that had spread to his liver and lymph nodes.
If the VA hospital staff had done their jobs, then it is possible they would have caught the cancer before it spread. And to make matters worse, once the military veteran received his results, he tried for two weeks to get his chemotherapy treatment started.
The VA staff once again never acknowledged Spivey's requests. It wasn't until a television station contacted the Atlanta VA hospital with questions about the chemotherapy delays that the staff finally scheduled his treatment.
It is time our VA system gets an overhaul and starts taking care of our veterans. This story should have never been written. Norman Spivey passed away last Saturday at age 64. May he rest in peace. Thank you for your service.
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