PHOENIX, Ariz. (MyNews4.com & 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 UraniumGulf War Fallout, part 2New legislation in the works