Post TV caught up with Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) this week as he listened to angry Virginia military veterans sharing their experiences with the Department of Veterans Affairs’ health network.
The agency has been in the spotlight lately because of a scandal involving widespread falsification of appointment records to hide treatment delays.
One woman in tears explained to Warner how a veteran she knew had tried repeatedly to schedule an appointment. He finally received one several weeks after he died, she said.
Another woman complained that she was supporting her mother because the VA had cut off the mother’s benefits. “What do we do?” she asked.
“I come out of this session as frustrated perhaps as any meeting I’ve had in the last five years,” Warner said.
Warner said he hears veterans’ complaints frequently while traveling throughout his state.
“It’s almost like since these [scandal] stories came out in June that a vein has opened,” the senator said. He added: “It’s not going to be solved overnight, but it sure as “These veterans deserve better. Our country deserves better.”