US Army Veteran Who Fought Veterans Affairs Department Over Treatment

US Army Veteran Who Fought Veterans Affairs Department Over Treatment Delays Dies

January 14, 2015

US Army Veteran Who Fought Veterans Affairs Department Over Treatment Delays Dies

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.

US Army Veteran Delayed Treatment from Georgia VA Hospital

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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4 Responses

Tim thomason
Tim thomason

February 22, 2016

I am waiting now for a sleep study. It was supposed to have been scheduled 8 months ago. I’ve given up on the VA and go a local clinic. I know the military loves the idea of hurry up and wait, but I never realized it was hurray up and find out whats going to kill me, and then wait to die, because treatment isn’t coming.

Jose Velazquez
Jose Velazquez

February 22, 2016

Hell it took me over 20 years of sleeping pills to get them to give me a sleep study test, just to find out I have been having Sleep Apnea since 1991. And not to mention, I am stuck at home taking 18 different meds to include Morphine four times a day, while fighting this damn gulf war syndrome, to which I have yet to be compensated for,nor tested, but instead given meds as if my illness was in my mind, mean while I have not been able to work for over three years, am on Social Security Disability, and my appeal is going on two years, of course after fighting for years, and to recently find out my records were destroyed during the gulf war, do to my reaction to the illegals, non FDA approve shots, that the minister of defense in England stated that the lab rats died immediately after injection, prior to a select few of us being injected under direct wartime orders, in a secret room, and forcing us to sign non-disclosure statements. How much longer do I have before I am also carried away in a Casket? I do not want to die before I could walk my now twelve year old daughter down the isle. But hey I guess is like many other so called brother vets, that were not injected with the same crap say, “suck it up”, “Tough Shit”, “How come I am not sick and you are” , " your full of shit, I got the same shot and I’m all right", I say to these ignorant idiots, do your research before you open your mind, WE WERE NOT ALL LAB RATS, AND NOT ALL INJECTED WITH THE SAME POISON!! YOU AND YOUR BULLSHIT STATEMENTS IS WHAT KEEPS THE REST OF THE WORLD BLIND TO WHAT REALLY HAPPENED, AND DENY US OUR PROPER TREATMENT. TO YOUR TYPE OF VETERAN i SAY, “BROTHER IN ARMS MY ASS”.

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