This is a compilation of three stories about the VA scandal over delayed veterans health care as it unfolded nationally and in Florida.
1- May 2, 2014 - A recent VA report found that delayed medical care may have led to the death of three patients and injury of several others within the VA network that includes Florida, south Georgia and the Caribbean. Gov. Rick Scott, a Navy veteran and son of a veteran, convinced Congress to hold a field hearing in his state. This after state regulators spent most of April conducting unannounced visits to Florida’s VA hospitals, and were denied access to their federal records.
2- June 20, 2014 - U.S. Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) asked for and got an earful from local veterans this week. He invited them to his office in Seminole where they shared stories of their experiences within the VA health care system. The veterans were offered immediate assistance from Jolly’s staff, VA representatives and volunteers from veteran service organizations.
3- October 3, 2014 - Secret patient waiting lists, delayed medical care, retaliation against whistle blowers are all reasons why trust in the VA hit an all-time low this spring especially on Capitol Hill. New Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert “Bob” McDonald is trying to restore that trust by visiting as many VA facilities as possible during his first 90 days in office. He came to Florida this week and he invited U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman of the House Committee of Veterans Affairs, to come along.