Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Veteran Who Waged a Year-Long Fight with the VA for Cancer Check-up Dies from the Disease

A U.S. Army vet who found out he had terminal cancer after he fought the Veterans Affairs Department in Georgia for more than a year to get a cancer check-up has died.
Norman Spivey’s delayed-treatment horror story surfaced amid a nationwide scandal of VA mismanagement that included long wait times for veterans seeking medical care and secret wait lists to hide the delays. In May, VA administrator Eric Shinseki was forced to resign amid calls for congressional hearings into the agency’s neglect.
Norman Spivey, in his hospital bed, Thursday, 
July 17, 2014 (Photo: Photo: Jon Shirek)
Spivey, 64, became unresponsive just before midnight Friday and was pronounced dead Saturday, WXIA-TV in Atlanta reported. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
The station profiled Spivey in July, reporting that Spivey’s repeated attempts to schedule a colonoscopy at the VA hospital in Atlanta fell on deaf ears for more than a year. The colonoscopy revealed Stage 4 colon cancer that had spread to his liver and lymph nodes.
Read the rest of the story HERE and view an older related video below. NO VET should have to go through what Spivey did ... TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE:

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