Ignoring Private Ryan

  • Aired:  09/05/13
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Going to an American hospital, for a veteran, shouldn't require more courage than storming the beach at Normandy. (3:46)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK TO THE SHOW.

SO IT SEEMS LIKE WE'RE PROBABLY GOING TO BE CREATING SOME BRAND-NEW VETERANS IN SYRIA, PERHAPS IT IS

A GOOD TIME TO CHECK IN WITH THE ONES WE'VE GOT BACK HOME.

A NEW EDITION OF RED TAPE DIARIES, AS YOU KNOW THE VA HAS HAD A PROBLEM WITH BACKLOGS IN CLAIMS, KIND OF

LIKE A HOARDER HAS A LITTLE PROBLEM WITH PIZZA BOXES FILLED WITH CAT SKELETONS.

BUT THERE'S GOOD NEWS!

>> FINALLY THE BACKLOG IS SHRINKING.

IN THE LAST FIVE MONTH ALONE IT'S DOWN NEARLY 20%.

WE'RE MAKING PROGRESS.

>> Jon: OKAY.

DOWN 20%, THAT'S NOT NOTHING.

THAT'S PROGRESS.

BACKLOG USED TO BE LIKE THIS, HERE, THERE, NOW IT'S LIKE THIS.

(LAUGHTER) BUT MAYBE CUTTING INTO THE BACKLOG ISN'T SUCH GREAT NEWS.

>> IT TURNS OUT THE VA BENEFITS AREN'T ALWAYS SO BENEFICIAL.

>> BACK IN JANUARY WE TOLD YOU THAT VETERANS IN A HOSPITAL IN PITTSBURGH KNEW

FOR MORE THAN A YEAR THAT IT HAD AN OUTBREAK OF LEGIONAIRRE'S DISEASE.

THE HOSPITAL KNEW IT HAD AN OUTBREAK OF LEGIONNAIRES DISEASE BUT THE HOSPITAL KEPT IT SECRET UNTIL FIVE

PATIENTS DIED AND 21 OTHERS BECAME ILL.

>> Jon: HENCE THE PITTSBURGH VA HOSPITAL SLOGAN I PROMISE YOU WON'T DIE FROM THE

DISEASE YOU CAME IN WITH.

(LAUGHTER) YES, KILLING OFF SOLDIERS WHO MANAGE TO SURVIVE HITLER THEN COVERING IT UP, KIND OF

SOUNDS LIKE A FIRING OFFENSE.

[BLEEP].

>> RECORDS SHOW HOSPITAL DIRECTOR TERRY GARRETT WOLF GOT A 13,000 DOLLAR BONUS

THE YEAR THAT PITTSBURGH VA FAILED TO PREVENT THEN MISMANAGED THE LEGIONNAIRES OUTBREAK.

>> Jon: OKAY.

NO, THEIR DEFENSE WE DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH THEY WERE GOING TO GIVE HER BEFORE THEY FOUND OUT.

HERE'S YOUR BONUS, $15,000-- WAIT A MINUTE THAT'S GOING TO COST YOU.

SO I GUESS THE LESSON TO DISABLED VETERANS IS STAY OUT OF PITTSBURGH.

MAYBE YOU CAN HITCHHIKE TO ANY OTHER VA HOSPITAL LIKE BUFFALO JUST A FEW HOURS AWAY.

>> THE BUFFALO VA EXPOSED MORE THAN 700 PATIENTS TO HEPATITIS OVER A TWO YEAR

PERIOD BY REUSING INSULIN PENS.

DURING THAT TIME UPSTATE NEW YORK REGIONAL DIRECTOR DAVID WEST WAS AWARDED NEARLY

$26,000 IN BONUSES.

>> Jon: THESE VETERANS SHOULD JUST AVOID THE NORTHEAST CORRIDOR.

>> FAILURE TO MONITOR MENTAL HEALTH PATIENTS AT THE ATLANTA VA LED TO THREE DEATHS.

WE FOUND ITS FORMER DIRECTOR JAMES CLARK RECEIVED OVER 31,000 DOLLARS IN BONUSES

THE YEARS TWO OF THOSE PATIENTS DIED.

>> Jon: HOLY [BLEEP].

IS THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS RUN BY JESSE PINKMAN, DRIVING AROUND TO RANDOM

VA HOSPITALS THROWING MONEY OUT THE WINDOW.

HEY YOU KILLED THREE VETS KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, BITCH!

THAT IS MY JESSE PINKMAN IMPRESSION.

(LAUGHTER) GOING TO AN AMERICAN HOSPITAL FOR A VETERAN SHOULDN'T REQUIRE MORE COURAGE THAN STORMING THE

BEACH AT NORMANDY.

SO NOW WE KNOW ABOUT THE PROBLEMS.

WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO TO FIX IT.

>> LAST YEAR VETERANS AFFAIRS GAVE OUT NEARLY $97 MILLION IN BONUSES.

NOW CONGRESS PLANS TO REVIEW THE BONUSES GIVEN TO VA OFFICIALS WHO OVERSAW HOSPITALS THAT HAD PROBLEMS

WITH PATIENT CARE.

>> Jon: CONGRESS IS ON THE CASE.

WOO-HOO.

CONGRESS IS FIXING THE VA AND AMANDA BYNES IS DRIVING US ALL HOME, AND JERRY SANDUSKY

IS WATCHING THE KIDS TONIGHT.

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