Veterans committing suicide during VA treatment delays

Dr. Margaret Moxness, a psychiatrist employed by the VA in West Virginia, has told Fox News that at least two of her patients committed suicide during months-long waits between psychiatric appointments:

“I was in a very tight-knit community,” Moxness said. “There was lots of extracurricular support: family, faith, vet centers. So we had help, but no thanks to the VA. …I mean, these men were eventually going to need more than a visit every 10 months.”

Moxness, a psychiatrist, says the VA administrators lost touch with patients and claims they were compassionless.

“They don’t really experience what the doctors and nurses are experiencing, which is the suffering and the pain and the death,” she said.

Calls to the VA for comment on Moxness’ allegations have not been returned.

Moxness, who is currently writing a book on suicide, said her patients would be forced to wait  “months” for a second visit. She said that “means they’re partially treated, which means they’re worse off than no treatment at all.”

Moxness said when she complained to her supervisors that it was harmful to partially treat patients, they stopped talking to her.

“I was functionally silenced,” she said.

Medical care and government bureaucracy are a very bad combination, a lesson that I fear we will all be learning the hard way very soon.

It’s also worth remembering that in 2007, Senator/Candidate Obama harshly criticized the Bush Administration for “deplorable conditions at some VA hospitals, and neglect[ing] the planning and preparation necessary to care for our returning heroes.”  And we know that during the transition between administrations, incoming Obama personnel were warned “that VA medical facilities were reporting inaccurate waiting times and experiencing scheduling failures that threatened to deny veterans timely health care.”

But like a myriad of other problems facing the country during President Obama’s first term, the VA was apparently ignored in favor of other ideological goals that more favorably reflected Democrat preferences for concentration of political power and bigger government.  And as usual, average Americans have paid the price.
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  • Hank_M

    I think the issue, more than the other Obama scandals, pisses me off the most.
    Our Vets deserve the best treatement, not the treatment they’re receiving, which borders on criminal.
    Heads should roll over this.

  • Commander_Chico

    No, “average” Americans are not paying a price. The proportion of combat injured veterans in very small.

    This is why they can be cast aside when the wars are over and the rah-rah chickenhawks have moved on to their next cause – Iran, Syria, Kony, etc.

    • jim_m

      This is the kind of crap you voted for. This is the future of obamacare. What’s worse is that right now people getting crappy care in the VA might be able to go elsewhere for some decent treatment. You just doomed them to this. And now you are bitching about it? To freaking bad. This is what you wanted. STFU and accept it.

      If you don’t like the treatment that these vets are getting go and look in the mirror for who is to blame.

    • LiberalNightmare

      Something for you to think about while you wait for your next appt Chico.