Veterans meet with DeLauro, Murphy, Blumenthal to sound off on problems with VA

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)–Veterans who said they’ve been wronged by a VA hospital sounded off to Connecticut leaders Rosa DeLauro, Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal in our News 8 studios in New Haven earlier this week.

Veteran William Baal said he went in for a hip operation, and came out two inches taller.

“I’m still very angry. I’ve gotten no answers, vague answers,” he said. “I’m going to be hopping around like this for a long time.”

Senator Chris Murphy said that a bill just passed by the Senate will pump $500 million into the VA coffers.

“It allows veterans to go outside of the VA when the expertise is not available or when wait times are too long,” Murphy said.

The bill is waiting for action on the House side, and that’s where Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro comes in.

“I want to take a hard look at how we can turn this around, how do we try to make it better,” DeLauro said.

The bill is meant to give veterans options when they go to the doctor, if the VA can’t help them.

Baal remains wary of the VA system altogether.

“After this, I would be very afraid, fearful to go back to have this corrected,” he said.

“I want to believe [things will change]. I really want to,” Baal said.

Senator Blumenthal has asked federal authorities to launch a criminal investigation into the VA.

The West Haven VA has repeatedly declined comment.

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