Veterans protest VA, report shows delayed care and deaths

Veterans protest VA, report shows delayed care and deaths for vets

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) -

The Department of Veterans Affairs, this week, released a report showing that some veterans died at the VA's Phoenix medical center while waiting for medical care that they never received.

On Saturday veterans and their families gathered outside the VA Medical Center at third St & Indian School Rd calling for better care.

A flag flew high over three generations of veterans as they came together to fight for better medical care.

Some have external wounds; other wounds are internal.

"People need to go to jail, there are people who need to be fired and held account for this, we need to fill the VA with people who actually care," said James Bawbush.

While they make their presence known outside the VA inside the building, the administration is fighting allegations that they hid records to cover up delayed care. Delayed care could be a factor in up to 40 veteran deaths.

Some veterans at Saturday's protest say they've been waiting for medical care they never got.

"The VA is like a bad girlfriend that comes back into my life, out of my life, and back in my life," said Bawbush.

"I did two enlistments in the U.S. Marine Corps, I was in from 84 to late in 91, I've been dealing with the VA since 92 and they don't care," said Michael Infanzon.

"I'm supposed to get checked up every six months, I'm supposed to get callbacks, I couldn't get checkups setup and when my doctor asked why I haven't seen you in almost two years I said because I couldn't get an appointment," said Noel Benoist.

Arizona Senator's John McCain and Jeff Flake urged further investigation by the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee this week.

Many of the vets say the caretakers do a good job, but they would like to see new leadership.

"We've got some good people in this hospital, but we need to push to get the bad stuff out, to get set straight, because this hospital can be state of the art," said Benoist.

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