Following 8 On Your Side report congressman steps in to get veteran appointment outside the VA

Following 8 On Your Side report congressman steps in to get veteran appointment outside the VA
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    A CONGRESSMAN STEPS AND FOLLOWING A 8 ON YOUR SIDE INVESTIGATION AND NOW ANOTHER VETERAN IS GETTING HELP. A MARINE VETERAN CLAIMS HE HAS WAITED WEEKS TO HEAR IF THE VA WILL SEND HIM TO A CIVILIAN DOCTOR. HE BELIEVES BECAUSE HE IS MUSLIM . HE REACHED OUT TO OUR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER STEVE ANDRUS. WE GOT THE ATTENTION OF A CONGRESSMAN WHO GOT THE ATTENTION OF THE VA AND NOW THE WHEELS ARE IN MOTION. THIS VETERANS HOUSE IS ON THE MARKET, HIS PLAN, USE MONEY FROM THE SALE AND PAY FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT THE VA WOULD NOT PROVIDE. FOR WEEKS HE SAT FRUSTRATED THAT THE VA HAS NOT PROVIDED HIM WITH THE ASSISTANCE HE REQUIRED. HE JOINED THE MARINES IN 1978, BORN IN EGYPT, HE IS A U.S. CITIZEN. EFFORTS TO SAVE HIS LIFE AFTER MAJOR HEART ATTACK IN 2016 DAMAGES AIRWAY ALONG. HE REQUIRES BREATHING TREATMENTS EVERY TWO HOURS. A TUBE IN SUITED TO A TRACHEOTOMY ASSIST HIS BREATHING. FOLLOWING A RECENT EFFORT AT THE VA'S JAMES HEALY HOSPITAL TO REPAIR HIS AIRWAY, HE ASKED TO SEE ANOTHER DOCTOR. FRUSTRATED, HE CONTACTED 8 ON YOUR SIDE. I ASKED THE VA TO REACH OUT TO THE MAN AND WHEN HE SAYS HE HEARD CRICKETS, I CONTACTED CONGRESSMAN ROSS SPANO. CONGRESSMAN SPANO GOT A HOLD OF THE DIRECTOR JOE BATTLES. OF GOT HIS ASSURANCES THAT THE VA WILL BE PROVIDING A SECOND OPINION WITH ANOTHER PHYSICIAN. Reporter: SHOULD TAKE A CONGRESSMAN TO GET INVOLVED TO MAKE SURE THESE GUYS GET WHAT THEY DESERVE? IT SHOULD NEVER TAKE A CONGRESSMAN. NEVER. Reporter: IN ADDITION TO HIS HEART AND BREATHING ISSUES, HE IS ALSO LEGALLY BLIND AND HAS TROUBLE READING HIS MEDICATION BOTTLES. ACCORDING TO CONGRESSMAN SPANO, THE VA SENT SOMEONE TO MR. HYTOP'S HOME YESTERDAY TO MAKE SURE THAT HE WAS TAKING THE CORRECT MEDICATION. HOW DO WE MAKE SURE THAT THIS VETERAN GETS THE MEDICAL ATTENTION HE NEEDS? THERE'S A LOT OF TALK GOING ON. THAT'S A QUESTION I HAD, TOO. NOW THERE'S AN EXTRA SET OF EYES WATCHING THE CONGRESSMAN'S OFFICE. ANY VETERAN HAVING ISSUES WITH THE VA IS BEING ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT THE CONGRESSMAN'S OFFICE. SOME PEOPLE DO GET GOOD CARE AND I'VE SEEN SOME PEOPLE GET VERY BAD CARE SO WE ARE GOING TO KEEP ON THIS AGENCY UNTIL EVERYBODY GETS A QUALITY CARE
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