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    Veterans Day: By the time I saw my VA doctor, he said it was too late

    Veterans Day: By the time I saw my VA doctor, he said it was too late

    By Steve Cooper | Fox News
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    As I sat in the Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital on Dec. 21, 2012, I had no idea my life was about to change. I’d seen a nurse practitioner in 2011 and was finally consulting with a VA urologist almost a year later. I knew something was wrong, but I wasn’t prepared for the diagnosis I was about to receive.

    “You’ve got one of the worst cases of prostate cancer I’ve ever seen in my life,” the urologist said to me. “Hospice will call you Monday morning.”

    Those words hit me like a ton of bricks.

    I was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer. Had I been seen by a doctor sooner, my cancer could have been detected before it had progressed so far. Now it was too late. My cancer was so advanced the VA wouldn’t even offer me a treatment option.

    I had joined the U.S. Army in 1989 as a young, ambitious kid. I honorably served my country for 18 years in the infantry and military police. When I took off the uniform, I relied on the promise I would be cared for as one who “shall have borne the battle.” But that promise was broken.

    I was let down by government, the country that I served and loved. That hurt worse than my diagnosis.

    The road I’ve traveled has been long and grueling. Leaving the VA behind, I sought another opinion from a private-sector doctor. I immediately underwent surgery, followed by years of intense radiation, chemotherapy and anti-hormone therapy.

    Today, my cancer is in remission, thanks to the willingness of my non-VA doctors to fight for me. I still struggle and endure regular physical pain, but I’ve overcome far more than I or the VA expected.

    Now Concerned Veterans for America Foundation has given many of us an even larger platform to share our experiences, a documentary titled "The Care They’ve Earned."

    Unfortunately, I am not the only veteran who has been denied the care they earned. Thousands of others wait months and even years for medical care and have to endure the bureaucratic red tape of the VA’s health care system every day. They do this because, until recently, it was the only option.

    My experience motivated me to act – I wasn’t willing to sit by while veterans literally died waiting for care from the VA. I led the charge to expose the VA’s flaws by reaching out to the press, rallying friends and family, talking to lawmakers, partnering with advocates, and winning the landmark medical malpractice lawsuit against the Phoenix VA for $2.56 million last year. The voice of veterans has been heard loud and clear.

    A few months ago, I got to stand beside the president as he signed the VA MISSION Act. This law will make it much easier for veterans to access medical care outside the VA. No more waiting months to see a doctor or driving hundreds of miles to a distant VA facility. We are finally going to get the care we earned.

    When we tell our stories and call for change, people listen. Now Concerned Veterans for America Foundation has given many of us an even larger platform to share our experiences, a documentary titled "The Care They’ve Earned." The film sheds light on my life-or-death battle for medical care along with other veterans around the country. We talk about the care we’ve received from the VA and how we’ve often been disappointed by its flawed health care system.

    This Veterans Day, I encourage you to watch "The Care They’ve Earned" on Amazon Prime. Hear the voices of those who served and were disappointed by their government.

    Thank you to all my fellow veterans for your service to this nation and to those at home who support and care for us. Happy Veterans Day.

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    Thank God this wonderful patriot survived, but most in his shoes probably didn't.

    Now, this will never happen again if Veterans exercise their right under the new law Trump campaigned on, fought for, got passed and signed into law. Please, please, please, if you can't get a fast appointment with a VA Doctor, and I mean really fast appointment with a real doctor at the VA, (nurse practitioner's are NOT doctors), you race to the best private doctor you can find and schedule an appointment and taxpayers will pay the bill. Do not hesitate a minute to use this new right so many have fought so long to make available to you, including President Trump.

    Please, we want you to have the best care money can buy, because you are the best of the best and deserve every opportunity including first rate medical care in this country and citizens of this country want you to have it, because you earned it, every penny, so PLEASE USE IT.

    LOVE YOU VETERANS!!
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    George Bush cut off my VA healthcare benefits! The VA in Reno, NV turned me away. All I was asking for was a refill of prescription, not triple by pass heart surgery.

    They were turning away WWII veterans in Reno who never needed benefits because they worked and were covered by their Employers.

    They were retired and no longer covered so they turned to the VA.

    So did I, I worked, I served, did not need the benefits until job loss.

    These dirty rotten politicians have THROWN our Veterans, Senior's, homeless under the bus to line their lousy pockets with their rich crony money, NWO and flood us with every breeding parasite on the planet to pay for!

    WE ARE SICK OF IT

    10 YEAR MORATORIUM ON ALL IMMIGRATION AND CUT OFF THEIR MEDICAL CARE, SCHOOL, WELFARE AND FOOD STAMPS!

    ROTTEN SWAMP RATS!

    ILLEGAL ALIENS HAVE "BROKEN" OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM

    DO NOT REWARD THEM - DEPORT THEM ALL

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