Wednesday, December 16, 2015

OEF-OIF Veteran Waited for Care on the Floor of VA Emergency Room

Vet says he waited on VA hospital floor for hours
By Sandra Ramirez
Dec 15, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —An Army veteran says he was forced to lie on the floor of the emergency room for nearly four hours waiting to get care at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Albuquerque.

Adam Griego says he was in agonizing pain while on the floor. His mother took a photo of the incident, which occurred last week.

“I laid on the floor for another two hours, and at this point I’m covered in sweat,” he said.

Adam Griego served 6 1/2 years in the Army, deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. His unit came under attack in Afghanistan.

He recalls pulling one of his comrades out of a burning truck, but not everyone survived.

It has taken two years to get the mental health care he needs for severe post-traumatic stress disorder.

He also suffered injuries to his hips and spine. Despite seven visits to the emergency room, he says the VA would not refer him to a specialist for the pain.
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