For eight years former President Barack Obama claimed that he would reform the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, but judging by what young veteran Stephen McMenamin and his wife, Hanna, observed at a VA facility in North Carolina late last week, he either purposely lied or unintentionally failed.
In a Facebook update posted Saturday, Hanna explained how, while waiting at a facility in Durham for her husband to be treated for his lower-back pain, she observed two elderly veterans being treated like garbage, according to local station WRAL.
Included in the post were two photos. One showed a veteran who she wrote had been waiting at least three hours for treatment and was “yelling in pain and was borderline convulsing and almost falling out of his chair.”
“No one paid him any attention until I approached a nurse to please check on him,” she added.
The other photo was even worse. It was said to depict another elderly veteran lying on the floor like a dog after having been rudely chastised by a nurse for having simply lain down on a recliner.
“She completely disregarded (the veteran) and demanded he go sit in the waiting room area, leaving the recliner completely empty,” Hanna wrote. “(T)he nurse refused to provide any explanation or even her name and stormed off while this man was still struggling.”
“The man then asked multiple times for a place to lean back or lay down, and was completely disregarded by the nurse,” she continued. “Eventually after being completely neglected, he laid on the floor.”
Treating veterans like dirt was bad enough, but how the VA chose to respond to this post going viral across the internet was even worse.
“The VA is very unhappy that we have posted this photo and it has been seen around the country,” Hanna wrote. “They have asked us again to remove this photo, claiming on(e) of the participants does not want this posted.”
To learn more about this story and meet one of the veterans pictured in Hanna’s post, watch the video below:
And no number of excuses or professionally crafted statements (one by the facility’s director is available below, via TheBlaze) will make up for their conduct.
The time for excuses is long over. It is now time for heads to roll and for President Donald Trump to meet his campaign pledge and, unlike Obama, actually reform the VA.
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