East Texas man feels 'let down' by the V.A.

East Texas man feels 'let down' by the V.A.
Alexandra Carter

POSTED: Friday, June 6, 2014 - 4:33pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 9:09am

One East Texas veteran is doing his best not to become another V.A. waiting list casualty.

Dan Roberson says, like many other veterans, he feels failed by the system that was supposed to protect him.

After suffering a stroke and heart attack while he was driving last month, Roberson, who served in The Air Force says he's lucky to be alive. He says a simple procedure to install a heart stent will save his life.

" If I could get this repaired I'd be a different person."

Roberson's doctors at Good Shepherd say he needs the heart stent immediately. But, he says there's one obstacle, approval from the V.A.

"A phone call.. a letter..that would take someone..what minutes?"

In the quest to get Roberson's heart stent approved, he says he and his doctors have been given the run around between the V.A. clinic in Longview and V.A. hospitals in Shreveport and Dallas.

 "This should not be the system..it is silly..no asinine as to respect as to how veterans are being treated."

Roberson has to have his heart monitor with him at all times while he awaits the V.A.'s approval for his heart stent. He says it's inconvenient but more importantly, he feels like a ticking time bomb.

"Every day having to walk around thinking oh my gosh am I going to have another heart attack?"

Roberson says he becomes more worried with each day that passes without an answer from the V.A.

"And these horror stories you hear about people dying out in Arizona, I don't want to be one of those."  

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How is his situation any different than those kicked-off insurance and left to private pay?

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