If it is not a miracle, how else do you explain it?
The Washington Post reported today that according to the official medical records of the Minneapolis VA Hospital, Jordan Buisman , a former Marine, contacted the Minneapolis VA Hospital four days after he died, to cancel an existing appointment and reschedule it to a later date.
The Post picked up the story from the USA Today website, which ran a video story about this last week.
It is either a miracle or the strongest proof yet that the Department of Veterans Affairs has been manipulating its official medical records to cover up the long wait times veterans have had to endure at VA facilities nationwide.
VA care is not a freebie. You have to earn the right to use the VA medical system.
I earned my right to VA medical services in the skies over North Vietnam, South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. My brother, God bless his soul, earned his right to VA medical services in the Mekong Delta during the Tet Offensive. My brother-in-law earned his right to VA medical services as an advisor to the South Vietnamese Navy.
Corporal Jordan Buisman earned his right to VA medical care while serving as a videographer in the United States Marines.
Part of the deal of doing military service, whether you volunteered or were drafted, was that the VA would provide veterans with high quality medical care for the rest of their life for any medical condition connected to their military service.
Unfortunately, the VA has not lived up to that promise.
To use an NFL analogy, the VA fumbled the ball and then tried to change the video so it didn’t look like a fumble.
According to VA records, obtained by USA Today, Jordan Buisman contacted the VA neurology clinic in Minneapolis on October 12, 2012.
About a week later, Buisman received a letter from the VA stating that he had an appointment at the VA on December 20, 2012, approximately 70 days later.
As his mother told USA Today, “70 days just is too long.”
Jordan Buisman died on November 26, 2012.
But VA records indicate that somehow, four days later, on November 30, 2012 Jordan Buisman contacted the Minneapolis VA Hospital from his grave and rescheduled the appointment to January 17, 2013.
The VA records do not indicate how Jordan Buisman managed to do that four days after he died.
So it is either a miracle or a case of gross corruption that should cost the jobs of the people who finagled the records.
The Minneapolis VA Hospital had programmed its computerized appointment system to avoid documenting delays by having the computer reschedule appointments, and have the records indicate that the patient initiated the delays by asking for another appointment at a later date.
Unfortunately for the Minneapolis VA Hospital, Jordan Buisman died and his death exposed the corruption at the VA.
I used to be proud whenever I walked into a VA medical facility; proud of my service, proud to be surrounded by other men and women who had served their country in war and peace.
But no more. After experiencing first-hand the gross incompetence of some VA employees, I am ashamed that I have been reduced to having to rely on the shoddy service provided by the VA.
From my experience, some VA employees are top notch, dedicated professionals. But their dedication is vastly overshadowed by the large number of VA employees who couldn’t care less about doing a good job. They are more interested in covering up a problem than in fixing it.
It is more than a crying shame. It is a national disgrace, and Jordan Buisman is the latest example of the cost of incompetence at the VA.