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Marine Corps veteran Justin Bailey, who had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and a groin injury, checked himself into the VA hospital after Thanksgiving because of his addiction to prescription and street drugs.
The 27-year-old who served in Iraq got prescriptions filled on Jan. 25 for five medications, including methadone, according to medical records. He was found dead of a drug overdose the next day in his room at the hospital's rehabilitation center.
"My son had made a decision to get help, and they didn't help him. They gave him the bullet," Gulf War veteran Tony Bailey, 47, of Las Vegas told the Times.
Vet Claims Docs Removed Wrong Testicle
An Air Force veteran filed a federal claim after undergoing an operation at a Veterans Administration hospital in which a healthy testicle was removed instead of a potentially cancerous one.
Benjamin Houghton, 47, was to have had his left testicle removed on June 14 at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center because there was a chance it could harbor cancer cells. It also was atrophied and painful.
But doctors mistakenly removed the right testicle, according to medical records and the claim, which seeks $200,000 for future care and unspecified damages.
Mpls. Veterans Home to be fined for failure to correct violations
The Minneapolis Veterans Home will be fined $650 daily starting Thursday for failing to correct two of three violations discovered in February, the state Department of Health said Wednesday.
The Health Department found that the home had not corrected two violations of state rules governing proper nursing care and the labeling of drugs.
Injured in Iraq, a Soldier Is Shattered at Home
DUNBAR, Pa. — Blinded and disabled on the 54th day of the war in Iraq, Sam Ross returned home to a rousing parade that outdid anything this small, depressed Appalachian town had ever seen. “Sam’s parade put Dunbar on the map,” his grandfather said.
That was then.
Now Mr. Ross, 24, faces charges of attempted homicide, assault and arson in the burning of a family trailer in February. Nobody in the trailer was hurt, but Mr. Ross fought the assistant fire chief who reported to the scene, and later threatened a state trooper with his prosthetic leg, which was taken away from him, according to the police.
Governor's chief of staff testifies at vets' home hearing
Gov. Janet Napolitano's Chief of Staff Alan Stephens told a legislative panel investigating patient neglect at the Arizona State Veterans Home that he should have informed the governor earlier of problems at the facility.
Department of Health Services Director Sue Gerrard told lawmakers Wednesday corrective actions are be taken and that staff turnover and low pay for some care workers was a problem at the vets home and other state facilities. Most of the problems occurred on overnight shifts, she said.
Man's Death Could Mean Other Lives are Safer
89 year old Cruz Fierro had alzheimer's and diabetes.
He was missing for four hot days and cold nights,
He died beside a wall inside Fort Bliss.
“I can't think of him any other way but wondering in the desert,” said Irma Fierro, Fierro’s daughter.
There are several questions and very little answers for Irma.
Irma tells us, “He was a veteran regardless of his age and the country failed him…
At what time does a veteran stop being important is it at 40 is it at 30 or is it at 89?”
What Irma wants to know is why William Beaumont Army Medical Center staff didn't contact the Fierro family when her father was released.
Fierro was a patient at Beaumont .
Land acquired for VA hospital at Fitzsimons
The Department of Veterans Affairs said Wednesday that it has completed the acquisition of 17 acres at the Fitzsimons campus in Aurora, where it plans to build a new medical facility.
The hospital plans to relocate from Ninth Avenue near Rose Medical Center to 30 acres on the former Fitzsimons Army Medical Center campus in Aurora. The Children's Hospital and University Hospital are relocating to Fitzsimons as well.