Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Demands that VA be Held Accountable for Deaths of 40 Veterans Who Died Waiting for Appointments

Spring 2014

Washington, DC – The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) was shocked and angry to learn about allegations that as many as 40 veterans died waiting for appointments in the Phoenix VA Health Care System.

According to a whistleblower at the hospital, veterans were being forced to wait months on a “shadow” waiting list before receiving their appointments. This system gave the illusion that wait times at the hospital were short. While the hospital manipulated the system, veterans waiting for care in Arizona died.

If these allegations are true, this is an extraordinarily disturbing incident of mismanagement and neglect in a system that is supposed to help the men and women who served our country.

JWV is also alarmed by the news that Sharon Helman, the director of the Phoenix VA Health Care System, received more than $9,000 in bonus pay while between 1,400 and 1,600 veterans were forced to wait for care in the hospital she managed.

The investigation into the Phoenix VA Health Care System, which was launched in January of this year, must be greatly expanded. All allegations against the hospital must be thoroughly investigated, and those found responsible must be held accountable to the families of those who died waiting for the health care they earned. This expansion should not only be limited to the Phoenix VA Health Care System, but should include all VA facilities.

About Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America
Founded in 1896, the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America is one of oldest active veterans’ organizations in America. JWV is dedicated to upholding America’s democratic traditions and fighting bigotry, prejudice, injustice, and discrimination of all kinds. As a national organization, JWV represents the voice of America’s Jewish veterans on issues related to veterans’ benefits, foreign policy, and national security. JWV also commits itself to the assistance of oppressed Jews worldwide.

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