Veteran who has been dead for two years receives notice of VA appointment

Posted by: ST on July 1, 2014 at 11:47 am

Big time.

Can you imagine?? Talk about an epic fail:

ACTON (CBS) – “He was steadfast. He took care of us, all of these years.”

Suzanne Chase of Acton was talking about her husband, Doug, a Vietnam veteran who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2011.

In 2012, she tried to move his medical care to the Veterans Affairs hospital in Bedford.

“It was so difficult for him to take the ambulance ride into Boston, we wanted to be closer.”

They waited about four months and never heard anything. Then Douglas Chase died in August 2012.

But two weeks ago, he got a letter, from the VA in Bedford, saying he could now call to make an appointment to see a primary care doctor.

“It was addressed to my husband and I opened it,” said Suzanne Chase. “I was in complete disbelief.”


She says the VA had to know her husband was dead because she applied for funeral benefits two years ago and was denied.

The reason for the denial: Her husband was never treated at a VA hospital.

“It is absurd,” said Chase. “It made me angry because I just don’t think our veterans should be treated this way.”

She wrote a letter to the Bedford VA two weeks ago,  but once again, no response.

“I am hoping if other people speak out, they can improve the system, so no one else dies waiting for an appointment.”


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4 Responses to “Veteran who has been dead for two years receives notice of VA appointment”


  1. Tango says:

    ….and the beat goes on.

    I just read that Senate Dems have blocked a bill (previously passed by the House) – that would make it easier to fire individuals at the V.A.

    Surprise, surprise….

  2. Drew the Infidel says:

    No wonder the VA is a clusterf**k. They do not know if or when someone died. No surprise though. They are the same folks who gave us the postal service and Medicare.

    Trying to straighten out all that is wrong with the VA is going to be about like trying to unscramble the eggs in an omelet.

  3. Carlos says:

    Straightening this out would be easy, Drew, and probably cheaper, too. All they have to do is make a rule that if a vet doesn’t get a needed appointment within 72 hours (2 in a real emergency) they are eligible to go to the nearest hospital and get the service they need there, at the hospital’s normal rate, and that is to be taken from the VA’s administrative budget.

    Pretty soon, the administrators would either quit because they weren’t being paid because all their administration budget had gone to non-government hospitals, or they would have the VA running like a well-oiled machine because they really like those fat paychecks.