Facebook post on VA treatment of patients causes uproar

DURHAM, N.C. – A former Marine and his wife say the scene inside a Veterans Administration hospital in Durham, North Carolina, was so shocking that they felt compelled to take pictures and post them to Facebook.

Now thousands of people are expressing outrage and the head of the medical center says an employee involved has been removed from patient care pending an internal review.

Hanna and Stephen McMenamin posted photos of two veterans who were struggling in the waiting room. They said both older men were ignored for hours despite complaining of severe pain. They said one practically fell out of his wheelchair, and the other finally lay down on the floor after being denied a place to rest.

7 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Luke says:

    John McCain hasn’t been very effective the past 20 years, he’s just talk and no action..

  • justinwachin says:

    It may be time to shut down the VA hospitals and let the vets get treated at public hospitals. At the least non-combat related injuries could be handled through regular hospitals.

  • Ken says says:

    The VA has been a gold mine for OUR EMPLOYEES to stuff their pockets and flip off Veterans and the taxpayers. The VA is due for a complete makeover.

  • Jean Langford M. says:


  • T6Gadget says:

    If you’re a veteran, you should be able to walk into ANY hospital or doctor’s office and receive treatment. Just whip out your military, retired, or veteran’s ID. Axe the VA, and transfer their budget into an account to pay for veteran’s healthcare on the private market. We’ve been sitting on this travesty for years now, and nothing has been done. It’s time to bypass the scalpel and move to the chainsaw when it comes to cutting the crap at the VA.

  • Nancy D says:

    This is outrageous.The VA is one of the biggest swamps in need of draining. Our veterans are deserving of SO much better than this.

  • P-daddy says:

    Another place that can’t fire government employees. Need to change this and get people in there that want to work and be there. I used to see the same crap in Grand Rapids. Just there to get a check.

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