Monday, November 25, 2013
Don’t Miss These CNBC and CNN Reports That Shine Light on VA Crisis
Here’s yet another heartrending story on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) dysfunction leading to the deaths of veterans: after at least three veterans died at the Memphis VA hospital as a result of substandard care, the House Committee on Veterans Affairs is launching a probe of the facility.
 A VA inspector general's report released Oct. 23 said one patient was given a medication despite a documented drug allergy and had a fatal reaction.
 Another patient was found unresponsive after receiving multiple sedating medications.A third had critically high blood pressure that was not aggressively monitored and experienced bleeding in the brain about five hours after going to the emergency room, the report said.
While these stories now arrive with almost numbing regularity, they do serve to prove why we can’t afford to be complacent about exposing the VA’s failures. The fact is that veterans’ lives are on the line, and it’s critical that we continue to shine a light on the VA’s failure to take their mission of service seriously.
With that in mind, I’d like to recommend two sterling reports on the VA for you to check out and to share with your friends and family:
•Earlier this month, CNBC broadcast “Death & Dishonor: Crisis at the VA,” a powerful half-hour documentary that details the myriad ways in which the VA is serving veterans poorly. It’s a must-see for anyone who cares about this issue—veterans, family members, military personnel, taxpayers, all Americans.
•On Wednesday, CNN offered this explosive investigative report on how veterans are dying due to long wait times at VA facilities. With a focus on poor patient care at the Columbia, South Carolina, VA hospital, the piece also notes how long wait times and poor care are a systemic problem at VA.
While the situation at the VA, and the Obama administration’s “head in the sand” approach to fixing it, are infuriating, I take some measure of reassurance when I see major media outlets taking the problem seriously by developing compelling exposés like these. Kudos to CNN and CNBC for shining a light on a pressing national problem with these high-quality journalistic offerings. Let’s be sure to share them far and wide.
Darin Selnick, a U.S. Air Force veteran, is an independent consultant and a member of the Concerned Veterans for America’s organizing committee. He served as special assistant to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from 2001-2009.
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