Transcript for Outrage Over the Way Veterans Are Treated in VA Hospitals
Now we turn to the growing national outrage about what has happened to American veterans inside VA hospitals. The government ordered a review of every hospital after reports that patients were dying while waiting and waiting and waiting for care. And today congress demanded documents ABC's senior national correspondent Jim -- And the epicenter of the scandal. Phoenix Arizona where as many as forty veterans died at this VA hospital while waiting up to 21 months to see a doctor. They never came in the door we never saw them doctor Sam foot retired from -- veterans administration hospital in Phoenix this year. But not before exposing what he says his systematic fraud. That -- the long waits. Doctor foot claims his superiors lied about the delays to qualify for bonuses and we realize that patients were dying because of that. And that's the point where we said you know we we can't take this anymore Phoenix veteran and purple heart winner Ralph the Castro. Died after waiting months for a specialist visit the diagnosed the lump found in his neck after a routine check -- He kept this journal documenting the calls he made for fifteen months trying to schedule a VA visit that never case. I am a purple heart. Vietnam vet and should be receiving proper -- still making calls again to the scene NCAA. And it's not just Phoenix the office of veterans affairs is investigating 23 other deaths at thirteen VA hospitals nationwide. Today the veterans administration announcing it will conduct the face to face visit with every clinic at every VA hospital to get to the bottom of the -- Why the hell can't our federal government and the V8. Do this for our. Fighting soldiers that had given their armed officers -- their lakes and their life for this country. If bail them and is still failing thousands of them. Jim -- -- ABC news Capitol Hill.
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