Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Durham NC: Photo shows veteran lying on floor while waiting


A couple posted photos on Facebook and said veterans waited for hours in pain inside the Durham VA Medical Center.

Stephen McMenamin, a former U.S. Marine, was there for treatment, and said his wife took the pictures because she "found it upsetting."

McMenamin said a veteran who was lying on the ground was using his bag of medication for a pillow after being denied an available reclining chair.

"The nurse started yelling at him, telling him he can't do that," McMenamin said. "He's, like, 'I can't get up and I won't get up. I will be here until you can see me. Can I please have a blanket?'"

More @ AJC


  1. This is unacceptable. These valiant men are treated with
    no respect. In fact I read, they're prescribed numerous
    antipsychotic meds in hopes they'll die or commit suicide.
    They're not wards on the state; they're America's elite.

    1. Look at the others in the room also. If they have been initially checked then that's one thing, if not, any one of them could be in serious health.

  2. There seems to be two different opinions when the Vets are
    actually seen. The VA says within a couple of weeks; the
    Vets say it takes three months to be seen. You know who
    is telling the truth. VA records are fraudulent.
    Broughton Mental Hosp. in Morganton built in the good old
    days use to house 4,000 pts. Now, they house 297 pts.
    There is a waiting list as there is a severe shortage of
    mental health facilities; most have been closed down.
    No money for mental health. Anyway, while these desperate people are waiting to be housed, criminal inmates are being housed immediately. Broughton used as a jail?? Why don't
    they open up another ward? Money.

    1. If you can't get an appointment with a month and/or the nearest facility is more than 80 miles away, you can get authorization to see a private doctor which is where this will end up eventually hopefully.