Heller calls for Reno VA chief to resign

Heller Dean (R-NV) (U.S. Senate Photographic Studio)
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Updated: 6/10/2014 7:58 pm

RENO, Nev. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dean Heller is calling for the resignation of the director of the Veterans Affairs regional office in Reno.

The Nevada Republican issued a statement Tuesday saying Ed Russell should either step down or the Veterans Affairs Department should take immediate steps to remove him.

Heller says the Reno office has consistently rated as one of the nation's worst-performing regional offices, and a new report from the VA inspector general concludes the problems stem from poor management.

Russell didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Reno regional office is responsible for processing benefits claims for veterans living across Nevada.

According to an audit released Monday by the Veterans Affairs Department, thousands of patients in Nevada's two VA medical systems waited 30 days or more for care.

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davy2442 - 8/29/2015 8:45 AM
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I hate corrupt dean heller because he votes against veteran raises, but he's right on this one. I suffer in my bed and have not seen a primary doctor at the reno va in a year after going there for 16 years. It is worse and getting horrible. The doctors threaten me and dont ask me how I feel ever. They give me morphine, then change the prescription when my doctor quits without meeting me. Sad. Unethical. I now have kidney stones from sweating in my bed on half meds, the pain control panel over rode this doctor after 3 trips to the ER but I still get a phone call Friday afternoon by this doctor finally after 6 months of no help saying he will not prescribe any more opiates because I didn't call to go see him after I called and was told to go to the lab which was a 30 day wait. It's a hell hole all old people over 55+. The employees are ancient and slow AND over worked I lie in my bed day after day in pain. Shame on the reno va. I'm your poster boy, I have no other choices, they treat me like a liar and a drug felon even after 16 years of compliance. I pray for help.

vietnamvet25 - 6/10/2014 8:13 PM
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Tell the right wing wacko to come up here and try and run it any better lots of talk but no substance

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