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Local Veterans Speak About VA Scandal

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ROCK ISLAND, IL – The ongoing trouble at the Department of Veteran Affairs is in national spotlight. Officials are investigating long wait times and false paperwork at numerous VA Hospitals. But veterans in our area say they feel comfortable about the situation.

Air Force Veteran Dale Mack is a patient of both the Iowa City VA Hospital and the VA Bettendorf Clinic. He says his experiences have been good. “I had abscess liver and I had to go to Iowa City and they took it out, but I was supposed to do periodic check-ups with Bettendorf. There was really no problem. I got well.”

Today, Mack and over 100 other veterans attended Congresswoman Cheri Bustos’s event. It was a Veteran’s Benefit Workshop in Rock Island. Bustos says the current scandal raises a lot of concern.

Bustos met with Sandra Horsman of the Iowa City VA Hospital. “How are our veterans in this region being treated? The administrator of the veterans services in our area says they are treated well and there is no such fraud going on here.”

Many veterans seem to agree, that the scandal is not in our region.

David Carter, veteran, says, “I think those are isolated incidents. I don’t think it’s the majority of the hospitals.”

Veterans say care within the Quad Cities has been up to park.

Mack says, “I think there’s a lot of good people with a lot of good intentions that work there.”

Thomas Reedy, a veteran who just got out of service 3 weeks ago, says, “Every hospital has its problems – not only VA hospitals, but I’ve seen good and bad since I’ve been in the military.”

We also reached out to U.S. Congress candidate, Bobby Schilling, who is running against Bustos in the Fall. He says even if the scandal isn’t local to the Quad Cities Area, it needs to be resolved. “We have to make sure that future freedom fighters know they are going to be taken care of after they serve this great nation, and this does not set the example.”

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