Phoenix V.A. system backlog causing problems for veterans

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Updated: 4/23/2014 11:43 pm
PHOENIX, Ariz. ( & KRNV) -- At least 40 U.S. veterans have died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veteran's Affairs Health Care system, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list.

According to a report published by CNN, the list was allegedly designed so the Phoenix V.A. could hide the long wait times veterans experienced at its facilities. Both the V.A. Office of the Inspector General and the U.S. House Veteran's Affairs Committee are investigating.

During Part Two of News 4's Gulf War Fallout investigation, we met Vietnam Veteran Dan Swafford, a Veteran's Advocate dealing with the Phoenix Veteran's Affairs system. On Wednesday, we got his reaction on what is going on in his home state, and learned he is in the middle of the problems, too.

"I'm not surprised. I had an MRI scheduled, and it took me three days and 34 phone calls," said Swafford. "I was very, very frustrated. I had a simple MRI and the lady who final answered the phone said, 'I'm going to talk to my supervisor. I'm tired of this.'"

To read News 4's entire Gulf War Fallout series, here are the links:

Gulf War Fallout: Depleted Uranium
Gulf War Fallout, part 2
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kdavis52 - 4/24/2014 11:07 AM
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I had the pleasure of being in a one hour wait to get my blood drawn at my V.A. Facility. Then, because the doctor didn't specify the testing I had to go back to the Primary Care and get the people at the computers to input the testing the doctor wanted and then go back to the Blood Lab where they actually put me in front of others so I could get out of there. Normally I like to go in about 10 am but no they had me go in with the crowd at 7:45 am. It's hard to get an appointment but I'm not one to go in at every little symptom. That's why there is urgent care in our facility where you don't need an appointment.

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