Veterans’ express health services including PTSD are inadequate at the Buffalo VA Medical Center. One states her discharge without adequate ambulatory support from orthopedic surgery resulted with her collapsing. A combat veteran from Iraq requested transportation to the Rochester VA medical center from me in a desperate attempt to receive adequate care for his post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms.
PTSD symptoms, and service-connected disabilities our nation has agreed to provide adequate health care for with our tax dollars are not urgent; nor highly regarded, but the results are drastic: 33 suicides a day.
Virginia has agreed to offer her name and experiences. I offer some disturbing highlights.
The clinic Virginia attends for her service-connected disability is the clinic that has captivated national attention for jeopardizing veterans’ health.
One incident: for three months she vomited blood with no physician appointment scheduled though in 2016 President Trump signed into federal law that a veteran is to see a physician within 30 days, which a high administrator office told her was not law only a “guideline.”
I witnessed Virginia’s attempt for admission to our VA Medical Center emergency room.
Virginia sat for hours and was not provided a gurney when she couldn’t. The emergency waiting room is small, overwhelmingly hot, with no circulating air therefore veterans sat on the floor outside in the hallway.
A veteran was expressing that PTSD flashbacks were occurring three times and was ignored until the veteran cited federal law. No psychiatric personnel/counselor was summoned.
I have sent written account of this happening to our federal representatives. Virginia’s friends and I have organized a GoFundMe appeal to offset the costs of continuing damage and financially debilitating results. Please investigate further
Reverend William C. Webb