VFW WANTS REAL-LIFE VA HEALTHCARE STORIES
VA-enrolled vets encouraged to call 1-800-VFW-1899
May 09, 2014
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States wants to know if Department
of Veterans Affairs medical facilities are properly serving America’s veterans.
allegations about improper care in Arizona, Colorado, Texas and elsewhere have made it difficult to separate truth from conjecture,” said VFW National
Commander William A. Thien, who is reintroducing a toll-free number for
VA-enrolled veterans to express their own personal accounts. The number is
die every day, but veterans dying due to wrong diagnoses, unsterilized
equipment or while awaiting treatment is a failure of leadership and management
both in Washington and out in the field,” said Thien, a Vietnam veteran from
Georgetown, Ind. “Because timely access is key to a quality and responsive
healthcare system, we need to hear real life stories, good or bad, not hearsay.
Only then can we hold VA officials properly accountable for their actions or
toll-free number, managed by VFW’s National Veterans Service, was rolled out in
1996 as the VA was transforming from primarily a hospital-based system into an
integrated healthcare system that now includes 820 outpatient clinics that
serve veterans closer to where they actually reside.
VFW helped to create the VA back in 1930, and over the years we have worked
hard with every Administration and Congress to increase the programs and
services it provides to America’s wounded, ill and injured veterans and their
survivors,” said the VFW national commander. “We will not let the VA fail.”
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