Veterans neglected for years in VA facility, report says
June 23rd, 2014
11:47 AM ET
5 months ago

Veterans neglected for years in VA facility, report says

By: Nelli Black, Scott Bronstein and Drew Griffin
CNN Investigations

(CNN) – Two veterans in a Veterans Affairs psychiatric facility languished for years without proper treatment, according to a scathing letter and report sent Monday to the White House by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, or OSC.

In one case, a veteran with a service-connected psychiatric condition was in the facility for eight years before he received a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation; in another case, a veteran only had one psychiatric note in his medical chart in seven years as an inpatient at the Brockton, Massachusetts, facility.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    No way. This just started January 21, 2009.

    FIFY

    June 23, 2014 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. Thomas

    How much was the war in Iraq , how much did the American embassy cost in Bagdad , how much is the budget for the Veterans administration ?

    How many refuges migrated to the USA and other countries do to the war in Iraq ?

    June 23, 2014 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....
    No way. This just started January 21, 2009.

    I agree! Faux "News" says this is Obama's fault, so it must be true!

    June 23, 2014 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. janice pinkard

    OK CNN, always the bearer of negative news. I think we all know now how bad the VA has operated but why wasn't this neglect brought out years ago? I think everyone understands that the VA system has many more Veterans to attend to now that two wars are ending. Congress needs to appropriate more $$$$ to improve the system, hire more healthcare professionals, update records system, etc..

    June 23, 2014 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. Malory Archer

    janice pinkard
    OK CNN, always the bearer of negative news. I think we all know now how bad the VA has operated but why wasn't this neglect brought out years ago?

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Because just like all the other hair on fire issues the reds had a hand in creating and now wail about, it only matters when there is a Dem on whom to blame it.

    June 23, 2014 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. smith

    The VA has been in bad shape for over fifty years. Bush and Obama have dumped more money into the VA then any other presidents in history. So, if your blaming the VA`s problems on Bush or Obama your pretty much full of crap.

    June 23, 2014 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. ????

    All you have to do is look at the way the VA has handled medical treatment for veterans to see what Obamacare has in store for the rest of us.

    June 23, 2014 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  8. love344

    bush and cheney had a hand in this.. they also sent our soldiers into Iraq without the proper equipment... just like the Bush tax cut..which was timed to create havoc for the next person in charge.. Congress bares the blame..they control the purse strings and many of them have been in office much longer than the President... Since bush /cheney are out.. Congress needs to be held accountable..

    June 23, 2014 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  9. Marty

    This comes a no surprise to anyone that has had dealings with the VA. The VA has always been the medical care of last resort.

    June 23, 2014 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. just someone

    1. love344
    bush and cheney had a hand in this.. they also sent our soldiers into Iraq without the proper equipment... just like the Bush tax cut..which was timed to create havoc for the next person in charge.. Congress bares the blame..they control the purse strings and many of them have been in office much longer than the President... Since bush /cheney are out.. Congress needs to be held accountable
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    I am confused. The POTUS and VP were to blame as long as they were republican but now that they are democrats we blame congress? Why teh different blame line? Were there laws changed hat took the responsibility away from congress while the republicans were in office and returned it ti congress when democrats held the office?

    June 23, 2014 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |