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RepostBy @semperhighshow: "Veteran Jimmy Johnston, 28, lives a few miles from Lake City's VA Medical Center and said his experience has been less than satisfying.
LAKE CITY, Fla. -- Veteran Jimmy Johnston, 28, lives a few miles from Lake City's VA Medical Center and said his experience has been less than satisfying. "I do not go into that hospital unless I have to," he said.
The marine veteran said getting access to the VA healthcare system is not as easy as you would think. He finds it very frustrating. "It is not worth the stress," he said, "the mental stress I am going to be put through." Recently, after his most recent experience, Johnston took to Facebook with a five minute rant about the VA and its impact on veterans. "The video was made out of frustration," he said.
In December he was given an MRI for a back injury. He said it took a month to have the MRI and then he was told it would be weeks before he could see doctor about the MRI results. "Veterans are tired of being put through this crap to get good health care," he said.
He served in the Marines, in Iraq and Afghanistan, but made it clear he is not a combat veteran.
In 2014, the Department of Veteran Affairs restructured its healthcare system to improve services.
Some veterans have seen the improvement, Johnston said he has not. "It sounds to me like they should start all over," he said.
He said he is speaking up, not just for himself but for the other veterans, many of them reacted to his Facebook video.
A lot of veterans got on my Facebook page and told me they are dealing with the same stuff," Johnston said. "We need help and we're not getting anything done," he said, "something needs to change." A spokesperson said they will reach out to Johnston and work to resolve his issues.
The VA spokesperson said veterans who are still having problems with the VA Healthcare system need to contact the VA Patient Advocate.
If that fails any veteran can file a complaint with the Joint Commission Office of Quality Monitoring 1-800-994-6610