McIntyre, Hagan, Burr to attend VA clinic opening; Hagan joins push to end VA backlog

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Tomorrow's ribbon cutting for Wilmington's VA Super Clinic is bringing out some big names.

The facility, which opened this spring at Wilmington International Airport, will provide veterans services including day surgery, mental health, cardiology, women's health and MRIs.

Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-7th District), Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) are among the dignitaries scheduled to attend the event tomorrow at 11 a.m.

Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill Sen. Hagan has joined 66 of her Senate colleagues in pushing president Obama to end a backlog of VA disability claims.

In a letter to the president, the senators from both sides of the aisle say more than 600,000 veterans are stuck in the backlog. They say in the last four years, the number of claims pending for more than a year has grown 2,000 percent despite a 40-percent increase in VA funding.

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While I am always glad to see any facility for veterans there is sad truth in the previous veteran's comments. I witnessed it 'up close and personal when my brother was hospitalized during December 2012 at McGuire VA Hospital in Richmond, Va. While there were a few nurses and other persoannel who were helpful...the majority acted as if we were a bother when seeking any answers or help. This attitude was toward my brother and his entire family. In my own area I have tried several times....via e-mail and phone message to discuss volunteering in the Clinic in Winston-Salem or with the new hospital in Kernersville. I have yet to receive an return message or call. I know from persoanl experience that hospitals often have nurses that are not responsive....but what I've witnessed by the VA is simple unbelievable!!! With all the persons in this country out of work.....I would think there would be mass firings with rehires with New Service Guidelines. I know it starts from the Top....Down!!!

Lets see, I am a Disabled Veteran and Senator Burr and Congressman McIntyre need to respond to my complaint on VA Health care. Instead they act like they personally built the facility. Yes they will give speeches on how they support Veterans but do they have to deal with the bureacracy of the VA, no. They get to see there first class physicians when they want. Why we Veterans have to get on a waiting list for months to get care. Please don't have a immediate concern cause VA will not see you, instead they rather make you suffer. A nice fine building does not give medical care when needed, staff does. I am sick and tired of waiting in lines for care I earned while the politicians get it when they need it. So cut the ribbon and cut the "BS" and give us the care we deserve when we need it!

Senator Burr's office has six staffers in NC that assist veterans with claims. Suggest you contact his office in Wilmington if you have an active claim are experiencing problems.

Preach it Brother !!!
I am in good health thankfully, and do not have to put up with that BS.
From one Vet to another......
Thanks !!

Vog

Oh, good grief! I hope they brought extra security in case Berger decides to jump up on the stage again.