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June 1st, 2014
12:03 PM ET

How reporting led to Shinseki resignation

CNN’s Drew Griffin looks back at his months of reporting on the VA scandal that led to Eric Shinseki’s resignation this week.


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  1. cheri anderson

    The VA is now working temporary miracle cures for heart and vascular disease. after finding a problem with the arteries in my neck and being told by the Omaha VA it was critical the va scheduled and cancelled 4 surgeries then changed their story I had miraculously (by losing 20 pounds reduced the blockage from 87% to less than 50 %. I was told that they only treat people who were over 60 % so I would not be seeing the vascular people again. Case solved person cured right ?? Changed my primary care to the Cheyenne VA which is closer to my home and the problem is as bad as it ever was and I am starting the wait all over again. BUT the next appointment will be the Denver VA which is an excellent facility. I thought faking medical records was not legal; How many vets are dead not and have just had their medical records cleaned up to hide The guilty

    June 23, 2014 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  2. Robert Mason

    Now that the medical department of the VA has been brought to the forefront how about the other job the Va is responsibile for - evaluating claims for disability. I have gone through over 4 years of paper work, examinations, reviews only to have my appeal remanded to the VA Regional office in St Petersburgs Fl in March of 2012. It took until Oct 2012 to get my case back into the system and then the VA Regional office put it into thier system and it has now taken over 555 days waiting for an update. They claim their waiting time is 453 days gone over this by 100 days and still no answers.

    Title 38 U.S. Code § 5109B – Expedited treatment of remanded claims states “The Secretary shall take such actions as may be necessary to provide for the expeditious treatment by the appropriate regional office of the Veterans Benefits Administration of any claim that is remanded to a regional office of the Veterans Benefits Administration by the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. “

    Four simple question:
    1. Why was my complete case not returned to the Board of Veterans Appeals in Nov 2012 as directed in the remand?
    2. Why was my case put into the normal channels and not afforded expeditious treatment as directed by the Board of Veterans Appeals?
    3. Does the Office of the Secretary consider a wait of 500 plus days expeditious treatment.
    4. If as the remand stares “The law requires that all claims that are remanded by the Board of Veterans Appeals or by the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims for additional development or other appropriate action must be handled in an expeditious manner”, what recourse do I have in this matter?

    June 4, 2014 at 11:43 am | Reply
  3. David

    I was a VA physician and it needs help. The managers should be fired if they are not doing a good job. Doctors should be allowed to treat patients. I have so many bad encounters with va in Indiana, I stopped working there because of intimidation. You do more paper work than treating a patient

    June 3, 2014 at 6:29 am | Reply

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