The VA Strikes Again: Vietnam Veteran Dies of Cancer After Waiting a Year for a Screening

by Cassy Fiano | January 13, 2015 12:51 pm

The government is making a lot of noise about changes they’re making to the VA system, but clearly, nothing is being done. Yet another veteran has died because the VA kept them waiting for an unacceptable amount of time.

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A Vietnam veteran who waited a year for a cancer screening at a Veterans Affairs hospital died of cancer Saturday, just five months after doctors diagnosed him as terminal.

“He fought cancer as hard as any battle he ever fought,” the deceased vet’s wife, Gayla Spivey, told Georgia outlet WMAZ. ”He was the strongest, most courageous man I’ve ever known.”

After waiting a year for a colonoscopy at an Atlanta VA hospital, 64-year-old Norman Spivey was diagnosed in July with Stage 4 colon cancer, which had spread to his liver and lymph nodes. He had been receiving chemotherapy treatments twice a week, and doctors told the couple the therapy was having positive effects.

New people are in charge, but the system is still exactly the same. Who would have thought that putting a bureaucrat in charge wouldn’t make things better?

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