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VA Scandal in Texoma

VA Scandal in Texoma

The Veterans Affair's Office of Inspector General called for a nationwide review to determine whether veterans were falling through the cracks unable to receive health care. One Texoman Veteran, Robert Sander, says he was one of the many to get lost in the system. He served his country for nearly ten years in the 50's and 60's.

"I have liver problems I have a number of problems, why are they not being addressed. Now they tried to tell me that my whole medical records were lost from 1966 to now," said Sanders.

Sanders said he has driven to Oklahoma City and Dallas multiple times, waiting in long lines, filling out and filing paperwork without getting any care or treatment. Sanders problem is one that mirrors and echoes what other veterans have experienced throughout the country. Many Americans are calling for VA Eric Shinseki to be fired or resign.

"Even if the secretary of veterans affairs is replaced that’s not going to solve the problem the problem is deeper than that," said Congressman Thornberry

Thornberry said the problem lies within the VA system and not with its staff. When asked what needs to be done, Congressman Thornberry said that the country has to make sure that all veterans are receiving care and not just a few.

"Congress has got to look at some really strong reforms of the whole VA system to make sure they take care of the people who have taken care of us," said Thornberry.

Thornberry said veterans have floated a few ideas his way about the possibility of making the system more user friendly.

"This idea would be you could stay locally go to the local hospital choose your local doctor and then the VA would pay for the bill," said Congressman Thornberry.

Over the next few days congressman Thornberry said he would be actively talking and working with others in the house to help build a bill that would address the issues that have recently come to light. Sanders said talk is cheap, he wants to see action taken to make sure he receives his health care he said he deserves.

"I didn’t have any other way to get out of Vietnam other than to fight a war now they are telling me I can't have this that or have the other and I'm just standing on the front line," said Sanders.

 Jack Carney, Newschannel6

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