Roswell vets also having problems with VA

Created: 05/21/2014 6:21 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Some local veterans have told KOB Eyewitness News 4 about problems at the VA hospital in Albuquerque.

But imagine having to drive hours to get here for an appointment just to be turned away.

KOB spoke to veterans in Roswell who say that’s what happened to them.

“Oh we've had problems with that hospital for years," said John Taylor.

Taylor says it’s no secret Roswell veterans are having problems at the Albuquerque VA hospital.

"I would say the common opinion in Roswell is the service is not what it should be,” said Taylor.

Taylor says aside from the fact that veterans have to drive three hours to get care, once they’re at the VA hospital the problem isn’t over.

“The wait line in the emergency room once you get up there is horrendous,” said Taylor.

Taylor says sometimes, even after veterans make the trip to Albuquerque, they aren’t even seen.

“I have vets going up there saying that well I showed up for my appointment, they said that the doctor wasn't there yet so I waited three or four hours and finally had to come back home," said Taylor.

Other veterans say their problem was getting an appointment.

"I have a veteran right now, we've had him on the list for going on 11 months and still have not got him in," said Colonel Ron McKay.

"I needed an MRI on my back and the closest MRI appointment they had was eight months away," said Bert Eldridge.

Veterans in Roswell say not getting speedy healthcare is a problem because it was a service they were promised by the government.

“They need the upmost care because a lot of us took bullets and bayonets and all that,” said Taylor.  “We’ve been dying ever since that happened. It’s just a balancing act trying to stay alive. You know if you don’t get help staying alive from your medical treatment people that you were promised you were going to get, you know that’s just not acceptable.”

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