Georgia Veterans Report Waiting Months for Care at VA Facilities in Georgia
GEORGIA - An accident news article published on 13wmaz.com reports that Georgia veterans are alarmed about how the VA hospital system is failing them. Some veterans in Georgia state that they haven't been assigned a doctor or have waited months, even years, to receive medical care at Georgia VA facilities. The veterans have stated that there have been suicide attempts as a result of patients being unable to see a VA doctor.
Georgia veterans report that their Georgia VA hospitals lack both doctors and nurses. Federal and Georgia VA leaders attribute the issues to staff shortages. They state that they need to create better incentive packages to attract qualified nurses and doctors.
According to a 23-year Army veteran, the VA medical system is broken. He stated that the wait time for new patients at Atlanta's VA is approximately 72 days. The national average is only 15 days. Moreover, certain medical specialties have wait times of over one year. Some veterans have had to cross state lines to Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina in order to receive the medical care they need, which is unacceptable.
One Vietnam veteran has been seeking medical care for his underperforming heart, which is attributed to his Agent Orange exposure. However, he states it takes too long to get a medical appointment. For example, he hasn't had a VA doctor assigned to him in three years. The only appointment he has been able to receive was a telephonic appointment. Tragically, he called in early and joined the call to speak with a doctor, but no one showed up for his medical appointment.
Another Army veteran and American Legion service officer reported that towns like Canton are even more difficult for veterans to find health care. He states that there are no mental health services in there more rural areas. Some veterans took their lives as a result.
Service officers at the Canton American Legion Post receive constant calls for help from veterans. Veterans are asking how to get help.
Veterans who already have VA benefits and who are seeking assistance can call their local Veterans Field Service Office for help. Veterans who have not received benefits or have been denied VA benefits can speak to our Georgia Veterans Benefits Attorneys at no charge.
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